The National Weather Service in Honolulu has continued the FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI COUNTY, in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening. Rainfall totals from Monday night’s storm indicate as much as 2.5 inches on Kaho’olawe and Lana’i City. On Maui, storm totals are still coming in – but include a generous dousing at Kahakuloa of 1.33 inches of rain and more than an inch in Kula.
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 and an unstable air mass will encourage locally heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms to develop over the smaller islands through this evening.
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.
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 services 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.