The National Weather Service has issued a FLOOD ADVISORY for the ISLAND OF MAUI in effect until 11:15 a.m.
This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists. As an additional precaution, the Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed ‘Iao Vally State Park and trails there because of consistently heavy rains today. View the latest radar here. The entire state is “socked in” under a quickly moving moisture band.
A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for the island of Maui until 6:00 a.m. Thursday.
EFFECTS: At 8:19 a.m. radar showed moderate to heavy rain continuing across the West Maui Mountains and stream levels remain elevated. Moderate to locally heavy rainfall will continue in this area over the next couple of hours, with rainfall rates around one (1) inch per hour.
Other locations in this advisory include but are not limited to: Kahakuloa, Honolua, Waihee and Honokohau.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO 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 broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather 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.