Flash flood warning issued on Big Island

Lula Sharp
April 16, 2018

The National Weather Service in Honolulu issued a Flash Flood Warning for Puna on Sunday, as heavy rain continues over the district with radar-estimated rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour between Pahoa and Kalapana. This includes the areas of Hawaiian Acres, Mountain View, Glenwood, Volcano, Pahala, Wood Valley and Naalehu. Heavy rains are directly behind the storm line. Motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution as road closures may occur without notice. They are making sure the immediate emergency needs for food, shelter, and clothing are met.

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, April 15 at 6:30 a.m.

Heavy Rainfall Possible this afternoon and evening, as a strong cold front will approach the area from the west this afternoon and pass across the region tonight.

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The greatest area of concern is along the southeast shoreline of Leamington, between Wheatley and the tip of Point Pelee and the north and east sides of Pelee Island.

When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of flooding, including mudslides or flooded roads, to the National Weather Service by calling toll free at 1-866-215-4324.

The Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative is also reporting power outages in Wainiha and Hanalei.

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