Flood, winter weather advisories in effect for Big Island

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Dec. 22—UPDATE : Noon The National Weather Service has extended the flood advisory for Hawaii island by three more hours to 3 :15 p.m. today.

Radar at 11 :53 a.m. indicated showers continuing over the windward side of Hawaii island, with the most rain over the Puna district. Showers are beginning to diminish, but streams remain elevated from the ongoing and recent rain.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Honokaa, Papaikou, Mountain View, Pepeekeo, Honomu, Glenwood, Keaau, Hakalau, Volcano, Ninole, Hawaiian Acres, Orchidlands Estates, Laupahoehoe, Ookala, Pahoa, Paauilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The public should watch out for minor flooding on roads, areas with poor drainage, and in streams.

Weather officials say the advisory may need to be extended if flooding persists.

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The flood advisory for Maui has been canceled ahead of its 11 a.m. deadline, but for Hawaii island, it has been extended through 12 :15 p.m. today.

Radar at 8 :48 a.m., indicated moderate showers over the windward side of Hawaii island, with some heavier rain moving over the Puna district.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Honokaa, Papaikou, Mountain View, Pepeekeo, Honomu, Glenwood, Keaau, Hakalau, Volcano, Ninole, Hawaiian Acres, Orchidlands Estates, Laupahoehoe, Ookala, Pahoa, Paauilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Officials remind the public to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall continues to be possible, prompting a flash flood watch, which remains in effect for Hawaii island through this afternoon.

On the summits, an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected, with a chance of freezing rain. A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Big Isle summits through 6 p.m. today.

Health officials have issued a brown water advisory for the east side of Hawaii island, while brown water advisories remain in place for all waters around the isles of Maui and Oahu.

A high surf advisory has also been issued for all east shores of isles from Kauai to Hawaii island through 6 p.m. Thursday.

Weather officials say surf of 8 to 12 feet is expected along the east shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii island due to an elevated, north-northwest swell that will hold into Thursday.

Strong trades will contribute to east shore surf, producing rough conditions.

In addition to strong, breaking waves and shore break, strong rip currents will make swimming difficult and dangerous.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE Rain continues to dampen the Big Island and Maui as snow continues to blanket the former's summits.

A flood advisory is in effect for the island through 9 :15 a.m. as a winter weather advisory is posted through 6 p.m. today.

Radar at 5 :42 a.m. showed moderate to heavy showers over the Hamakua, Hilo and Puna districts with rain falling at rates up to 1 inch per hour from Waipio Valley to Hilo to Volcano, the National Weather Service said.

Locations that will experience flooding include Hilo, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Honokaa, Papaikou, Mountain View, Pepeekeo, Honomu, Glenwood, Keaau, Hakalau, Volcano, Ninole, Hawaiian Acres, Orchidlands Estates, Laupahoehoe, Ookala, Pahoa, Paauilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, weather officials said.

Radar at 5 :30 a.m. also showed widespread moderate to heavy rain over all of Windward Maui with some showers spreading to leeward areas, the NWS said. However, shower coverage is gradually diminishing and is expected to subside after sunrise.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Pauwela, Huelo, Paia, Keanae, Nahiku, Wailuku, Waiehu, Waihee, Kahakuloa, Kipahulu and Hana, weather officials said.

Meanwhile, atop the Big Island's summits, additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with a chance of freezing rain is in the forecast.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

A flash flood watch also remains in effect for the Big Island through this afternoon.

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