By Jeff King
A power outage in Upcountry Maui as well as Waiehu on the makai slopes of Kahalawai has ended. All customers have been restored to power as of 9 a.m. today. The lights went out in both areas around the time a flash flood warning was issued Monday night. From Nahiku to Pa’ia, up to Pukalani and across the valley to Waiehu and Waihee…up into the West Maui Mountains – it poured.
A flood watch even included Kahului and Kihei. While no measurable rain was recorded in Kihei, gauges and buckets filled to capacity from steady, breeze-powered showers.
Pukalani got the most rain on Maui at 3.43 inches. Hana Airport received 1.2 inches of rain. Kahakuloa received 2.1 inches and Wailuku gauges recorded 1.79 inches of rain Monday night. On Moloka’i, Pu’u Ali’i encountered the highest one-day total in the state at 6.93 inches of rain. Lana’i City recorded a half-inch of rain.
It’s all thanks to a series of interconnected systems that inadvertently interconnected. Oho is now a hurricane, but stuck around long enough as a tropical depression, then a tropical storm that it drew moisture from a deep moisture trough that has since dissipated. Oho also influenced a cold front to dip father into the state than normal – bring much needed rain to Maui and the Big Island.
Now Oho is preparing to leave the building. The storm is about 500 miles SE of Hilo as is rumbling east northeast at about 11 mph. Some models show the system still maintaining tropical strength as it treks all the way to British Columbia. View an amazing, high detail full color nimation of Hurricane Oho here as she brushes past Hawai’i.
There are no watches or warnings for Maui yet. Hurricane wind warnings are in effect for sease 4o miles off the Big Island and a flood watch is in effect for the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.
Today, according to Maui Weather Icon Glenn James, we can expect “fresh” tradewinds, and occasional showers – some heavy – mainly along windward shores.