The National Weather Service has continued the FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI COUNTY, in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening. At this hour, a steady strteam of moisture is pumping up from the south – covering Lana’i, heading for Moloka’i and West Maui.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Remember that it does not have to be raining heavily where you are for flash flooding to occur.
EFFECTS: A sharp upper trough will remain near the islands today, producing unstable conditions over all islands. The potential for heavy flooding rainfall and thunderstorms will be state-wide through this afternoon.
In addition to possible flash flooding, excessive runoff may result in rock and mudslides in steep terrain. Fast moving waters may create life threatening situations.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: 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. PLEASE MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IF FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED.
INFORMATION: Maui County Civil Defense 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.