After on and off heavy showers across Maui and the Big Island Saturday and Sunday, it seemed like the associated cold front would move on late Sunday night.
It didn’t – as many in the eastern half of the island chain know.
On Moloka’i and O’ahu, rainfall totals over the last 24 hours peaked around 1.5 inches. By contrast, Lana’i City received more than 2.1 inches. Kaupo Gap in east Maui was drenched with more than 3.17 inches. On the Big Island, Kainaliu received more than two and a half inches.
Gusty winds also buffeted the state overnight – and continue to do so on Big Island summits this morning. Southswest winds exceeded 25 m.p.h. Sunday night on Kaho’olawe, reached 30 miles an hour around Kihei and 40 m.p.h. near Southpoint on The Big Island.
As harsh as the weather seemed to many in the overnight and early moning hours, particularly on leeward exposed flanks, no flood watches or warnings were issued overnight. There remains, however, a winter storm warning for Big Island summits today – and a that high surf warning for north and west shores of Maui and Moloka’i remains in effect through 6 a.m. Tueasday.
Today’s forecast calls for some lingering showers – but clearing beginning from the west and southwest.