Wailuku – Tropical Storm Darby has turned south but is still on track to hit Maui this afternoon. Residents should see elevated storm conditions at around 5 p.m.
Darby is expected to bring about 10 to 15 inches of rain, 15 to 20 foot waves on eastern shores and sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts of up to 65 mph. The public is urged to stay indoors during the storm and to keep non-essential travel down to a minimum.
Wind and rain preceding Darby has already caused some damage on Maui. Hana Highway was closed earlier today due to landslides and downed trees in several different locations between mileposts 9 and 20.
Other weather related incidents reported today include:
– Kaupakalau Road in Haiku – flooded
– Meha and Kealaloa roads in Makawao – fallen tree blocking both lanes
– Waikoloa and Ulaino roads in Hana – flooded
– The closure of Molokai Landfill due to winds of more than 30 mph
Maui Electric reported multiple storm related outages around the island, including those in Lower Nahiku, Upper Olinda and Haliimaile.
All outdoor county park facilities remain closed although community centers and gymnasiums remain open. Haleakala National Park is also closed. Both the Lanai and Molokai ferry operations have shut down while the storm is active.
All emergency shelters remain open. The list of shelters are: Lanai High School, Molokai High Schol, Lahainaluna High School, Maui High School, Lokelani Intermediate, Eddie Tam Memorial and Center and Hana High School.