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Flood advisory issued for Ka’u areas

March 21, 2014 - 2:45pm

A flood advisory has been issued for Hawaii Island until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

At 1:32 p.m., radar showed an area of heavy rain near Wood Valley in Ka’u, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters said the rain was moving southwest at 5 mph. Rainfall rates were estimated at one to two inches per hour.

Other locations including in the advisory are Pahala, Punaluu, Kawa Flats and Naalehu.

The advisory could be extended beyond 4:30 p.m. if the heavy rain persists, forecasters said.

The service cautions the public to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff may cause hazardous driving conditions because of reduced visibility, ponding and poor braking action.

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