By Jeff King
That historical tableau of typhoon and two hurricanes framing Hawai’i remains.
Glenn James of Maui Weather Today provided an image taken this morning from the International Space Station of the trio of Typhoon Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena.
While history continues to be made in Central Pacific weather – including an unprecedented string of record high temperatures, it’s current events that should not be overlooked.
The National Weather Service has ISSUED a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI COUNTY in effect until midnight tonight.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.
EFFECTS: Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms may produce locally excessive rainfall today and tonight.
A very moist air mass, together with a trough of low pressure in the middle atmosphere overhead has been encouraging locally heavy showers and thunderstorms to develop during the night. Although most of the heaviest precipitation remained offshore, rainfall locally saturated the soil overnight.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to cover only a portion of the state at any one time, but local impacts could be significant and training showers may permit heavy rain to continue at individual locations for extended periods of time. Shower and thunderstorm development is expected to increase in the afternoon and early evening.
Also, around 8:30 a.m. today, the National Weather Service ISSUED a FLOOD ADVISORY for MAUI in effect until 11:30 a.m.
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.
This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.
EFFECTS: At 8:18 a.m. radar showed heavy rain 6 miles west of Hana, or about 26 miles east of Kahului. The area of heavy rain was nearly stationary. Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Pauwela, Nahiku, Makawao, Keanae, Huelo, Haliimaile 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.
Oh – and don’t forget – that high surf warning for east shores of Maui and Moloka’i remains in effect until at least 6 p.m. today. Wave faces up to 10-15 feet are possible.