Flash flood watch in effect for Hawaii

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flash flood watch for Hawaii in effect through this afternoon.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, according to a news release from the county.

Unstable conditions will continue across the state through today. While localized heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are possible at any time, the greatest risk for flooding rain will occur during the daytime hours. Very high rainfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour are possible.

Residents and visitors are reminded that rainfall and runoff can cause hazardous driving conditions leading to reduced visibility and poor braking action.

Maui County Civil Defense will be monitoring the situation.

NOAA weather information can be heard at (866) 944-5025. For more information, go to www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.

Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System at 986-1200.