Iselle’s high winds and heavy rain throughout the morning continued to wreak havoc on Maui’s electrical system as crews worked to respond to numerous outages on Maui and Molokai. See the latest animated radar loop of Iselle here. Rainfall totals from Iselle over the last 24 hours include:
1.29 Kilohana, Kauai
1.54 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu
0.20 Molokai airport, Molokai
5.36 Puu Kukui, Maui
14.51 Kulani NWR, Big Island
Responding crews are currently working to repair a transmission line that is affecting customers in Pukalani and Haiku to Hana. Hana town is currently being powered by two generating units in Hana. Restoration efforts are also underway for pocket outages in Olinda, Kihei, Makena, West Maui, Ulupalakua, and Paia.
Molokai crews are currently working to clear power lines leading into Kalaupapa in an effort to help restore power to the Kalaupapa community.
Updates will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. Please report any outages, and/or downed power lines and poles, to our 24-7 Trouble Lines: Maui: 871-7777 and Molokai and Lanai: 1-877-871-84611-877-871-8461. Maui Electric crews are prepared to respond to any power outages for the duration of the storm.
As the storm clears our area, businesses and agencies are beginning to reopen – if only briefly due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Julio. Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center was set to reopen at 11 a.m. today.
Hurricane Iselle became Tropical Storm Iselle at 11 p.m. Thursday. As she downgraded, she also slowed down.
The storm moved across South Point around midnight and the center of the storm is now about 80 miles southwest of Kona and about 120 miles SSW of Kahului. Here is the latest animated satellite image of Tropical Storm Iselle. Following are the updated storm-related situations as reported by Maui County Civil Defense:
“We have been fortunate that Iselle appears to have subsided a bit, but we are still in a Tropical Storm Warning and must remain vigilant as Hurricane Julio is right around the corner,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “I am grateful for all the responders who have been monitoring the situation 24/7 in the County’s Emergency Operations Center, and will continue to do so throughout Julio’s approach. The public’s cooperation in staying safe by staying off the roads and out of the water has also been greatly appreciated. Please pay close attention to weather and news updates on Julio so that we’re not caught off-guard.”
Few new details have been released after Sunday’s apparent drowning at Molokini. The deceased has, however, been identified. He is 50 year-old Mark Strickert, a visitor from Austin, TX.
Sunday morning at 8:21 a.m., Maui Police responded to the Kihei Boat Ramp and Ma’alaea Harbor for a report of a miscellaneous accident. Police discovered that a vessel by the name of Double Scoop, operated by Scuba Shack, went out to Molokini for an ocean activity cruise.
Some of the individuals entered the ocean at Molokini, but became distressed due to the high surf, high winds, and rain. The Coast Guard and the Maui Fire Department were called out to assist in the rescue efforts.
A male victim, Mark Strickert, did not survive and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was transported by the Coast Guard to the Coast Guard Station in Maalaea. A second victim was a crew member, a 23 year-old female, who was brought in by company’s vessel to the Kihei Boat ramp. She was then transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. A third victim, a 48 year-old female, sustained abrasions and also transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment in good condition.
There were three crew members and twelve passengers on board the vessel. The rest of the individuals were brought back safely by the Coast Guard and the Maui Fire Department.
Cause of death for the victim, has not been officially determined pending autopsy results.
High winds, arcing wires and overworked crews have prevailed over power outages in Upcountry Maui.
Electrical service has been restored to a all of customers in the Makawao, Olinda area as of 2:16 p.m. MECO apologizes for any inconvenience this situation may have caused and thanks customers for their patience and understanding.
After on and off heavy showers across Maui and the Big Island Saturday and Sunday, it seemed like the associated cold front would move on late Sunday night.
It didn’t – as many in the eastern half of the island chain know.
On Moloka’i and O’ahu, rainfall totals over the last 24 hours peaked around 1.5 inches. By contrast, Lana’i City received more than 2.1 inches. Kaupo Gap in east Maui was drenched with more than 3.17 inches. On the Big Island, Kainaliu received more than two and a half inches.
Gusty winds also buffeted the state overnight – and continue to do so on Big Island summits this morning. Southswest winds exceeded 25 m.p.h. Sunday night on Kaho’olawe, reached 30 miles an hour around Kihei and 40 m.p.h. near Southpoint on The Big Island.
As harsh as the weather seemed to many in the overnight and early moning hours, particularly on leeward exposed flanks, no flood watches or warnings were issued overnight. There remains, however, a winter storm warning for Big Island summits today – and a that high surf warning for north and west shores of Maui and Moloka’i remains in effect through 6 a.m. Tueasday.
Today’s forecast calls for some lingering showers – but clearing beginning from the west and southwest.
Today’s high wind advisory – issued due to the powerful cold front moving rapidly through the Hawaiian Islands – has prompted Haleakala National Park to ban high-wind-profile vehicles from approaching the summit.
Due to sustained high winds (50 mph or more) high-profile vehicles (15 passengers or more) are not being allowed at the summit of Haleakala National Park. According to park spokesperson Polly Angelakis, these vehicles will be permitted again once the winds die down.
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