By Jeff King
UPDATE: The National Weather Service has, in fact, extended the Flash Flood Advisory for MAUI. Radar at 9:36 a.m. showed steady heavy rain over West Maui and Kahalawai. The new advisory is in effect until 12:45 p.m. today.
A brief but powerful late season cold front surprised many in Maui County Sunday night into today. Light showers last night gave way to occasional downpours overnight. Flash Flood Warnings were issued at 4 a.m. for northwest Maui as rain fell at rates up to an inch per hour. Around 7 a.m. that warning extended to north shore Maui as a cell “parked” over Haiku, where .35 inches have fallen so far.
Other significant rainfall totals from this front so far have been at Kula (.27 inches), Kaho’olawe (.35 inches) and Pukalani (.25). The largest total from this episode has been the upper Kula gage mauka of Ulupalakua where more than three quarters of an inch of rain has fallen (.78).
Kihei actually received significant amounts from this front – logging .27 inches of rain
The National Weather Service issued a FLOOD ADVISORY for the ISLAND OF MAUI in effect until 9:45 a.m. This advisory replaced the Flash Flood Warning and may be reissued if heavy rain persists. The advisory was allowed to expire at that time.
EFFECTS: At 6:45 a.m. radar showed areas of heavy showers along windward slopes of West Maui and Haleakala, and stream gages were running higher than normal. The showers were nearly stationary.
Other locations in this advisory include but are not limited to: Pauwela, Napili, Kapalua, Kahakuloa, Hookipa Beach Park, Honolua, Honokowai and Honokokau.
PRE, Kula Branch station (CAUTIONARY 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 DOWN.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
The wind farm mills along Ulupalakua Ranch quit working for a while today. Maui Electric Company says 19,258 customers lost power today at 12:34 p.m. for about 20 minutes when the Auwahi Wind Farm tripped offline resulting in a sudden and severe loss of wind generation on Maui Electric’s system.
The electrical system, which runs optimally at 60 hertz, dropped to about 15 hertz when 20.7 megawatts of power from Auwahi Wind went offline. The result was a brief flicker for some, a “brown out” for some and lights out for others.
As a result, MECO was forced to “load shed” customers in order to protect and stabilize Maui’s electrical grid. Presumably that means shutting down as many customers as it takes to operate efficiently for as many customers as possible until the windmills were powering again.
Customers affected included parts of Lahaina, Kihei, Kula, Pukalani, Speckelsville and Makawao to Hana. All customers were brought back online at 12:57 p.m.
No word yet on why the wind farm tripped off. The Auwahi Wind Farm is hidden from view from most areas of Maui.
Maui Police have released more details in a missing person case. Gerald Matthew Pritchard. He was reported missing on April 8 by his family who last saw him sometime in April, 2014 in Walnutport, Pennsylvania.
In a new pressw release today, MPD says that on Monday this week, at about 8 a.m., Pritchard was seen in the Paia area. He was wearing a fluorescent orange t-shirt and holding a tan backpack (unknown brand). Pritchard also has been seen in the Kihei area near Welakahao Street near the Kihei Baptist Church.
Pritchard appeared to be in good health according to witnesses, however, he has failed to contact police. If anyone has any information about the location of Pritchard, contact Detective Nelson Hamilton at 244-6421 or dispatch at 244-6400.
Pritchard is most likely going by the name Matt. He is described as being about 6′ tall, 180 lbs, blue eyes and light blond hair. Pritchard is 25 years old.
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 60-year-old woman who was experiencing shortness of breath and weakness on a tour boat in the Molokini Crater near Maui, Hawaii, Tuesday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Maui received a report from a crewmember aboard the Pride of Maui, a snorkeling tour boat, that the female passenger was experiencing shortness of breath and weakness while preparing to conduct a scuba dive.
Crewmembers on the Pride of Maui stabilized the woman and administered oxygen.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Maui was diverted from a training mission to the scene. Once on scene, the woman was transferred onto the RB-M and safely transported to Kihei Boat Ramp in Kihei, Maui where local emergency medical services personnel were waiting to take her to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
The Coast Guard 45-foot RB-M replaced the aging and outdated 41-foot Utility Boat and boasts an improved design, new ergonomics, and enhanced safety features, making boat crews more effective in performing their multiple missions.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health’s (DOH) Tobacco Quitline has entered into a partnership with local Safeway Pharmacies in an effort to help its patients quit smoking. The ten Safeway Pharmacy locations across the islands will now provide Quitline materials and referrals to their patients, helping to encourage Hawaii residents to enroll in Quitline services. Research has shown that smokers who use the Quitline are up to 14 times more likely to stay quit than those who quit on their own.
There are three Safeway pharmacies on Maui – in Kahului on Kamehameha Avenue, in the new Maui Lani Center in Wailuku and in Kihei at the Pi’ilani Shopping Center.
“We are very pleased to partner with Safeway Pharmacies. Safeway is providing our communities with the resources they need to live healthier, more productive lives. This is an important step of connecting smokers to these resources to quit, contributing to a smoke-free Hawaii. We hope other retailers follow suit,” said Lola H. Irvin, manager of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of the Hawaii Department of Health.
Each year in Hawaii, nearly 1,400 adults ages 35 and over die from smoking-caused diseases and illness1. The toll of tobacco use in Hawaii continues to be felt by everyone, but ground-breaking partnerships – like the one between Safeway and the DOH’s Quitline – allow for more information and tools to be put into the hands of the smokers who need the services most; we can work to prevent smoking in the current to future generations’ lives.
To join the over 22,000 Hawaii residents who have successfully quit smoking using the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or visit www.hawaiiquitline.org for your FREE personalized quit plan, FREE nicotine replacement patches or gum, and to gain access to interactive tracking tools and educational materials available 24/7.
For the second time today, Maui Police are reaching out to the public in hopes of finding a reported missing person on Maui. Ashley Newton is a 24 year-old woman with no known local address. She was reported missing today by her uncle, who lives in Oklahoma – after the uncle was unable to locate his niece.
The report was filed shortly after noon today, Ms. Newton, police say, has contacts in Kihei, Lahaina, and Upcountry areas, however; at this time Police say she is homeless and her whereabouts are unknown.
MPD provided this description:
If Ashley Newton is located, please contact the Maui Police Department at (808) 244-6400 or 911 if it is an emergency. Also Detective Gordon Sagun at 244-6434 (Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Please reference Missing Person report #15-010602.
Earlier today, MPD released a public plea for help finding another missing person – under similar circumstances: no local address and a report filed by a mainland relative. Read the report on Randy Perez here.
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