By Jeff King
Dawn brought the sound of thunder and a few flashes of lightning to Maui today. Tropical Depression Kilo is now about 500 miles south southwest of Kahului. The storm is weakening due to mid and high level winds trimming the height of Kilo. But this is the part of weather forecasting where imagination is often as effective as information. In other words, there are several scenarios that could make Kilo a fierce beast taking aim from the south – or that could filzzle quietly into the west.
A Flash Flood Watch remains across the state through this Monday. And a flood warning that expired at 8 a.m. could be reinstated if the heavy showers return. Rain gauges near Keanae are recording 1-3 inches per hour from a cell is almost stationary.
Current models show Kilo arcing a wide slow northward turn over the next week. However – the storm could just as easily gain renewed strength from the tropical infusion of warm water near the equator.
Brown water swaths have broken through beaches across South Maui at Ka Ono Ulu and Kamaole Beach Park 3. Water safety officers strongly advise against going into the water there as those often create ideal situations to become acquainted with sharks.