By Jeff King
After three straight days of wild weather across Maui County, today dawned mostly clear. There is still instability in the atmosphere and afternoon showers could be heavy again in windward and mauka areas. Click here to see the latest animated radar loop. The extreme low pressure system responsible for the weather event was parked directly over Kaua’i Saturday – keeping that area relatively dry while blasting much of the eastern half of the state, especially Moloka’i and Maui. The low is losing intensity and has since migrated eastward. A flood watch continues for Maui and the Big Island, and a winter storm warning is in effect for Big Island summits.
Power went out to much of the Wailea-Makena area shortly before midnight. As of 2 a.m., service to most Maui Electric Company customers in the area had been restored.
After a washout Saturday afternoon near Mile Post 18 along Kula Highway – between Thompson Road and Sun Yat Sen Park – easing conditions have allowed crews to remove debris from the roadway. Today at 7 a.m., Maui Police issued a report saying that all roads in Maui County were open. The report does not specify any alternate route information necessary for commuters along Kula Highway.