Towering cumulus clouds are popping up – literally – over west and south Maui. The atmosphere remains moist and unstable. As a result, The National Weather Service has CONTINUED the FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI COUNTY in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
EFFECTS: A moist and unstable air mass remains over the smaller islands. Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop as the land heats up during the late morning and afternoon hours. Grounds are already saturated from recent rainfall, and flash flooding could occur very quickly.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE WEATHER FORECAST AND HAVE A RELIABLE WAY TO RECEIVE WARNINGS FOR YOUR LOCATION. FLASH FLOODING IS VERY DANGEROUS. NEVER DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. BE PREPARED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IF FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED. CAMPERS AND HIKERS SHOULD CONSIDER RESCHEDULING THEIR OUTING TO A TIME WHEN WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO BE MORE FAVORABLE.
REMEMBER…IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE RAINING HEAVILY WHERE YOU ARE FOR FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR.
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.