The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for MAUI, until 6:00 p.m. today.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds of 58 mph or higher or destructive hail the size of quarters or larger. See the latest satellite animation here.
EFFECTS: This Watch includes the following adjacent coastal waters: Maui County windward waters, Maui County leeward waters, Maalaea Bay and Pailolo Channel
A FLOOD WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT UNTIL SUNDAY AT 6:00 A.M.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES This is a dangerous storm. If you are in its path, prepare immediately for damaging winds, and deadly cloud to ground lightning. People outside should move to a shelter, preferably inside a strong building but away from windows.
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.