What should you do if a flood advisory is issued during your Hawaii vacation?
While being bummed out would be a natural answer to that question, it’s much more important that you take action right away. There are three types of flood advisories to look out for: Flash Flood Watch (flooding is possible), Flood Warning (flooding is occurring or will occur soon) and a Flash Flood Warning (flooding is occurring).
In either scenario, here are a few tips to follow (according to the Hawaii County website):
Move to higher ground
and tune into a local radio or television station.
Avoid hiking or being near mountainous areas.
Landslides or mudslides may occur.
Stay out of the ocean.
Dangerous moving debris may get caught up in the flow of water.
Do not walk or swim through a flooded area
. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to sweep you off your feet.
Stay away from downed power lines
and other electrical wires or fallen trees.
Do not drive through flooded areas.
It only takes 1 foot of water to carry a vehicle.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
Almost half of all flash flood fatalities occur in vehicles. If you approach a flooded roadway, turn around. If water gets into your car, abandon the vehicle and get to higher ground.