The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY for the ISLAND of MAUI until 2:45 p.m. today.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is also in effect for all of MAUI COUNTY until 4:00 p.m. Saturday.
EFFECTS: At 11:30 a.m., radar showed heavy rain near Waihee, or about 9 miles northwest of Kahului. The area of heavy rain was moving west across the West Maui mountains onto the leeward coast.
Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kahului, Napili, Kapalua, Kahakuloa, Maalaea and Lahaina.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: 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 2:45 p.m. if heavy rain persists.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. The NOAA Weather internet service can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.