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Twin Waterspouts: Unstable Weather Remains

February 7, 2018, 8:03 AM HST · Updated February 7, 11:23 AM
Wendy Osher · 4 Comments
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    The state remains under a flash flood watch through this afternoon.

    The unstable conditions resulted in thunderstorms, downpours and waterspout activity over south and west Maui waters on Tuesday afternoon. Two waterspouts were reported shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday about 3 miles west of Kīhei.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines a waterspout as a tornado occurring over water. It normally refers to a “small, relatively weak rotating column of air that comes into contact with the water surface” and is most common over tropical or subtropical waters, and is not associated with storm-scale rotation, according to NOAA.

    Forecasters with the National Weather Service say locally heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms with frequent lightning and gusty winds will remain possible today.

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    Drier and much more stable weather will return beginning late tonight and Thursday through the end of the week as the trough moves east and trade winds spread across the islands, according to the NWS.

    Flood Watch Until 6 p.m. 2.7.18:
    (Courtesy National Weather Service)

    The National Weather Service has CONTINUED the FLASH FLOOD WATCH for Maui County, in effect until 6 p.m. today.  A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.  A strong trough aloft will continue to provide unstable conditions today, with the potential for locally heavy downpours and thunderstorms that could produce flash flooding. Conditions are favorable for the development of slow-moving heavy showers. Rain will also affect urban areas and lower elevations, which are more susceptible to flooding problems.

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    PC: Caryl and Mark Wilson/Facebook via Maui Now (2.6.18)

    Waterspout just south of Olowalu, Maui. PC: 2.6.18 by Tammy Gruenes

    This photo was snapped from North Kīhei just south of the Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center. There is a waterspout on each side of the tree in the middle. PC: 2.6.18 at 3:10 p.m. by Joe Zurawski

    Twin waterspouts off Maui. PC: 2.6.18 by Sydney Elizabeth

    Twin waterspouts off Maui – view from Kīhei. PC: 2.6.18 by John Laramie

    Waterspout viewed from Kīhei, Maui. PC: 2.6.18 by Ian Shepherd

    Waterspout dissipating over Maui. PC: 2.6.18 by Lawrence Agaran

    Waterspout over Maui. PC: 2.6.18 by Kathy Kuhl Westling

    Waterspout off of Maui. PC: 2.6.18. Tracy Elliot

    Waterspout off of Maui. 2.6.18. PC: Melissa Kreutner

    Waterspout off of Maui. 2.6.18. PC: Jennifer Cox Kasper

    Waterspout viewed from N Kīhei. PC: 2.6.18. Tyler Riedy

    Waterspout from Sugar Beach, Maui today 2-6-18. PC: Starla Sage

    Waterspout from Sugar Beach, Maui today 2-6-18. PC: Starla Sage

    Waterspout from Sugar Beach, Maui today 2-6-18. PC: Starla Sage

    Waterspout from Sugar Beach, Maui today 2-6-18. PC: Starla Sage

    Waterspout from Sugar Beach, Maui today 2-6-18. PC: Starla Sage

    Waterspout observed off of West Maui. PC: 2.6.18 by Chuck Bergson

    Waterspouts off Maui. PC: (2.6.18) Mary Ann Bondy

    Waterspout a few miles offshore of Kīhei on 2.6.18 by Regina Lemm. She said that two were sited side by side at about 3 p.m.

    Waterspouts off Maui. PC: (2.6.18) Mary Ann Bondy

    Waterspouts off Maui. PC: (2.6.18) Mary Ann Bondy

    Waterspouts off Maui. PC: (2.6.18) Mary Ann Bondy

    Waterspouts off Maui. PC: (2.6.18) Mary Ann Bondy

    Waterspouts off Maui. PC: (2.6.18) Mary Ann Bondy

    Waterspouts off “Pali” section of Honoapiʻilani Hwy. PC: (2.6.18) Brown, Mark E.

    Waterspouts off “Pali” section of Honoapiʻilani Hwy. PC: (2.6.18) Brown, Mark E.

    PC: 2.6.18 Pedro Ortiz

    PC: 2.6.18 Pedro Ortiz

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 15 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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