By Wendy Osher
Heavy rains over Maui forced the closure of ‘Iao Valley and Polipoli State parks today as Flash Flood Warning conditions dropped an estimated 4-inches of rain per hour at Waiehu this afternoon. The warning was cancelled at 3:08 p.m.
Rain gauges at 2:45 p.m. showed 3-hour rain totals of 0.26 inches in Haiku, 0.20 inches at the Kahului Airport, 1.82 inches at Puu Kukui, 1.12 inches at the Waikapu Country Club, and 1.18 inches at Mahinahina in West Maui.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Maui County as well as Oahu and Kauai through 4 a.m. on Saturday.
The threat of heavy rains and thunderstorms will spread west from Maui today, to Kauai by tonight, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service. The wet weather will bring increased runoff that could produce flash flooding and potentially result in landslides.
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