Flash flood warnings issued around the community of Kailua-Kona / west side of the island of Hawaii.
It’s raining, hard, on the Big Island of Hawaii. So hard that some roads were flooding Monday and flash flood warnings have been issued.
Tourists have gone into hiding in the island’s main town of Kailua-Kona. Its waterfront Ali’i Drive, normally thronged with visitors, was mostly empty as the image with this article — taken from a webcam atop The Fish Hopper restaurant — shows.
(Could the weather gods please send some of the rain across the Pacific to drought-stricken Washington? We need it to put out the wildfires.)
Here’s the word on Big Island weather from the National Weather Service, via the county of Hawaii:
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“Heavy rainfall is expected in various areas of West Hawaii from South Kona through North Kohala. Many of these areas have experienced significant rainfall over the past days and may be prone to flooding … Due to unstable weather conditions and very moist air across the state, the flash flood watch will remain in effect through 6 p.m. tonight (Monday).
Meanwhile, if you’re on the Big Island or heading there on vacation, periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected in the Kailua-Kona area (normally one of the island’s drier sides) through Tuesday, with showers the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service forecast.