As lightning and thunder continue to dominate the sky…the “ground” is responding. The Department of Education has announced the closure of Hana Schools and Kilohana Elementary (Molokai) today, Monday, August 24, due to storm conditions. View Latest animated radar loop here.
Incidentally, more than five inches of rain have fallen both in Hana and near Kaunakaka’i. At 8: 30 a.m., Maui Electric announced a power outage in East End Moloka’i.
In addition, the “Effects” paragraph, below, notes that Hana Highway is closed between mile markers 29 and 33 due to water crossing the road in at least three locations. The upper Pi’ilani Highway is also closed at mile marker 38 and 39 because of fast-moving water across the highway.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING – MAUI ISLAND
EVENT: The National Weather Service has EXTENDED the FLASH FLOOD WARNING for MAUI ISLAND now in effect until 10:00 a.m.
A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or will develop quickly.
EFFECTS: At 6:34 a.m. Maui Civil Defense reported that the Hana Highway was impassable between mile markers 29 and 36 due to streams having overtopped the road in 3 locations. The Piilani Highway was also closed near mile markers 38 and 39. Rainfall rates over east Maui have diminished but runoff levels remain high and additional rainfall was moving toward the Kihei and Wailea areas from the south.
Other locations in the warning include but are not imited to Pukalani, Nahiku, Makawao, Kihei, Keanae, Wailea and Hana. Other warnings and advisories currently in effect:
Flash Flood Watch…across the entire state – through 6pm this evening
Flood Advisory…Kauai – until 10am
Flash Flood Warning…Oahu – until 10am
Flash Flood Warning…east Maui – until 10am
Flood Advisory…Lanai – until 1045am
Flood Advisory…Hilo to South Point on the Big Island –until 1145am
Marine Weather Statement…widespread heavy showers and embedded thunderstorms continue
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS FLASH FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING IN STREAMS, ROADS AND LOW LYING AREAS. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW, 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 broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.weather.gov/hawaii.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200. This same notification can be found on the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov.