The National Weather Service has ISSUED a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for the STATE OF HAWAII, in effect from Thursday, 4:00 a.m. to Saturday, 6:00 a.m. The original flood watch posted an expiration of 6 a.m., Friday. The NWS has now extended the watch by an additional 24 hours.
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: Deep tropical moisture and heavy rains associated with Iselle will reach the Big Island Thursday and the rest of the state Thursday night and Friday.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: AVOID CAMPING OR HIKING NEAR STREAMS AND LOW LYING FLOOD PRONE AREAS. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL 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 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. 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.