EVENT: The National Weather Service has ISSUED a FLOOD ADVISORY for the ISLAND OF MAUI in effect until 4:30 p.m.
This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists. In addition, off-shore views to the southwest of Maui reveal copious downpours over Molokini, Kaho’olawe and beyond.
A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for all of the Hawaiian Islands until 6 p.m. this afternoon.
A Flood Advisory means that nuisance flooding is occurring or imminent. A Flood Advisory may be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning if flooding worsens and poses a threat to life and property.
EFFECTS: At 1:24 p.m., radar showed heavy rain stretched out across the north and east facing slope of Haleakala with rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches. The area of heavy rain was nearly stationary. These showers may spread down toward the coast in the next couple of hours.
Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Hana, Pukalani, Kaupo, Huelo, and Haiku.
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 BREAKING 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 Radio for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at 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 mauicounty.gov.