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Heavy rain in Kona prompts flood advisory

June 18, 2014 - 8:09pm

Scattered heavy showers in Kailua-Kona have prompted a flood advisory for the Big Island. The advisory remains in effect until 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

At 7:36 p.m., radar showed the showers falling at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour in the Kailua-Kona area, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Other locations included in the advisory were Keahole Point, Keauhou and Captain Cook. The advisory may be extended beyond 9:45 p.m. should the heavy showers persist.

The public is advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Rainfall and runoff will cause hazardous driving conditions because of ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.