By Jeff King
That was “just a storm?” Wow! At one point around 1 a.m. today, the storm’s leading edge raced across Lana’i at nearly 50 mph. Local winds generate around the front were even higher. This morning the overnight wind warning has been down graded to an advisory – in effect until noon today. Click for the latest animated infrared loop of the departing cold front.
At 11 p.m. Friday, Kaua’i and O’ahu were being inundated, as was East Maui. From Hana to Kula, rain fell at a rate of 3-5 inches per hour. Kaupo has registered 3.53 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. Here are some other notable rainfall amounts from the fast-moving storm system:
- Pu’u Kukui – 2.65 inches
- Kula #1 – 4.65 inches
- Kahakuloa – 1.54 inches
- Lanai #1 – 2.96 inches
- Pu’u Ali’i, Moloka’i – 1.07 inches
- Kaho’olawe – 1.69 inches
The Kula total is the highest in the state. Even though raid fell had in south, west and central Maui, the USGS gages show 0.0 inches for Kihei, 0.4 inches for Lahaina and 0.6 inches of rain at Kahului Airport.
Winds have created enough havoc that the county’s water department says they’ve lost 50 percent of their pumping power. They’ve asked all residents on Maui and Moloka’i to conserve water until further notice.
Not so on the Big Island. The last powerful part of the cold front is bring downpours to the Kohala region. At Big Island summits, a blizzard watch is in effect with very dangerous blowing snow from winds as high as 90 mph.
The storm system has cleared Kaua’i completely and should be completely gone from the state by tonight. The winds are already chilly and strong, but that will improve, too.