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Tsunami Damage and Road Closures Update

Posted March 11, 2011, 11:00 AM HST Updated March 11, 2011, 04:07 PM HST
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By David Kvasnicka

Maui Police block roads in Kahului following tsunami. Photo by David Kvasnicka.

Final Update: Tsunami Advisory CANCELED.

UPDATE 11.15 a.m.: Most roads are open, except for:

  • Lower Waiehu Beach Road
  • South Kihei Rd from Kulanihakoi to Kaunoulu

Maui is still to officially hear the ‘all-clear’ from the County regarding the Tsunami Warning advisory, however the situation appears to have stabilized. Other Hawaiian islands, including Oahu, have been given the ‘all-clear.’

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Flooding on Maui appears to be minor and isolated to roads by the shoreline in Kahului and flood-prone areas in Kihei. County Civil Defense has downgraded the situation to a Tsunami Advisory, but warns that hazards still remain and will continue for several hours.

The following roads are currently closed:

  • Lower Waiehu Beach Road
  • Kahului Beach Road (Kaahumanu to Waiehu Beach Rd)
  • Lono Ave. (Kaahumanu to Kamehameha Ave.)
  • Puunene (Kaahumanu to Kamehameha Ave.)
  • Kaahumanu between (Wakea & Hana Hwy.)
  • South Kihei Road (Kulanihakoi to Kaonoulu)
Anecdotal reports say that the Burger King and McDonalds in Kahului have experienced flooding. The Queen Kaahumanu Center has been opened after remaining closed for a period, while police are still blocking entry to Maui Mall as of 10 a.m.

Photos and video of the tsunami-related incidents are still being collected, and those on Maui are invited to post them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mauinow.
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