The National Weather Service in Honolulu has ISSUED a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI in effect from 6 p.m. this evening through 6 p.m. Tuesday.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is very dangerous. Remember that it does not have to be raining heavily where you are for flash flooding to occur. Please monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action if flash flood warnings are issued.
EFFECTS: Lingering moisture under an increasingly unstable air mass will bring locally heavy showers to the smaller islands tonight through Tuesday. A developing upper level trough northwest of the islands will result in the air mass becoming more unstable across the western islands with ample lingering moisture persisting across the state. Locally heavy showers and thunderstorms may impact the smaller islands from Niihau to Maui. The threat of flash flooding will be elevated.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: AVOID CAMPING OR HIKING NEAR STREAMS AND LOW LYING FLOOD PRONE AREAS. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL 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.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio 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.