Flood advisory issued for Puna, Ka‘u and interior portions of Big Island

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Ka‘u and Puna and the interior of Hawaii Island.

A flood advisory means localized flooding may occur.

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Rainfall is being reported at a rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour in Volcanoes National Park and the Pahala area, according to Civil Defense.

Due to the flood advisory, the following are issued:

· Stay away from streams, drainage ditches, and low lying areas prone to flooding.

· Rainfall and runoff can cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking conditions.

· Be aware that road closures may occur without notice.

· Do not attempt to cross flowing water; turn around don’t drown.

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· Be on the alert for malfunctioning traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.

The advisory is in effect until 4:15 p.m. today unless extended.

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