The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for MAUI COUNTY.
EFFECTS: A risk of strong to severe thunderstorms today through Saturday will impact the islands. A powerful upper level low will dig south toward the islands later today and tonight. Ahead of this low, the atmosphere over the islands will continue to destabilize rapidly. Click for the latest, update radar loop.
Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop early this afternoon over the islands. In addition to the threat for flash flooding, the strongest storms this afternoon could produce strong gusty winds, frequent lightning, intense downpours, and funnel clouds.
Tonight and Saturday, scattered thunderstorms are expected to continue. As the upper low approaches the islands, a few of these could become severe. In addition to frequent lightning and intense rainfall, severe thunderstorms are capable of producing damaging winds and hail the size of quarters or larger.
A Flood Watch is also in effect until Sunday at 6:00 a.m.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: BE READY FOR RAPID CHANGES IN THE WEATHER TODAY THOUGH SATURDAY. WHILE NOT EVERYONE WILL SEE INTENSE WEATHER, YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED TO MOVE INDOORS QUICKLY IF THE WEATHER APPEARS THREATING OR THUNDER IS HEARD. THOSE WITH OUTDOOR PLANS SHOULD HAVE AN IMMEDIATE WAY TO GET WATCHES OR WARNINGS THAT MAY BE ISSUED TODAY THOUGH SATURDAY.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency 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.