UPDATE: Strong Thunderstorm to Affect Parts of Big Island

UPDATE: Feb. 5, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has just issued a report about a strong thunderstorm that will affect Hawai‘i County.

At 3:41 p.m., a strong thunderstorm was located between Honoka‘a and Waimea—about 33 miles northwest of Hilo. This storm was moving northeast at 25 mph.

Wind gusts up to 50 mph and dime size hail are possible with this storm.

Locations that may be affected by this storm include Honoka‘a and Pa‘auilo.

ORIGINAL POST, Feb. 5, 2018, 3:17 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has just issued a Flood Advisory for Hawai‘i County until 6:15 p.m. HST.

At 3:09 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain near Pu‘uanahulu. Rain was falling at a rate of up to 3 inches per hour.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Pololu Valley, Kohala Ranch, Pu‘uanahulu, Hawi, Halaula, Kamuela, Kapa‘au, Kawaihae, Puako, Waikoloa Village, Waimanu Valley and Waipio Valley.

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

Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.

Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.

This advisory may need to be extended beyond 615 PM HST if heavy rain persists.

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