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Power Restored For East Maui as Wet Weather Wanes 11/12/09

November 12, 2009, 3:34 PM HST
* Updated December 27, 8:50 PM
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Maui Flood Warning CANCELLED

The National Weather Service CANCELLED a Flash Flood Warning for the island of Maui in Maui County at 8:41 p.m. Thursday.

The entire state, however, remains  under a FLOOD WATCH, which has been extended until Friday afternoon.

MECO Update:

By 6:30 a.m. Friday, Maui Electric Company had restored power to the East Maui community stretching from Keanae to Koali, with the exception of a small pocket of residents in Nahiku.  The area was without power since Thursday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m.  MECO had restored a separted stretch from Huelo to Keanae by 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Radar Image 3:05 p.m. HST Courtesy: National Weather Service.

Radar Image 3:05 p.m. HST Courtesy: National Weather Service.

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Maui Radar and Rainfall

At 8:41 p.m., the Flash Flood Warning for Maui was cancelled.

At 8 p.m., thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfall continued to affect windward Maui, especially along the north slopes of Haleakala from Paia to Keanae and out toward Hana. Rainfall had eased along the south facing slopes, and was also expected to gradually ease over the north facing slopes over the next hour.

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At 6:22 p.m., Radar showed heavy rain and thunderstorms over windward Maui, with another burst of heavy rain approaching from the south. The area of heavy rain was moving north near 10 mph. Locations in the warning includes but were not limited to Kaupo, Kipahulu, Hamoa, Nahiku, Huelo, Keanae and Hana.

At 3:45 p.m., radar showed Heavy rain occurring over windward Haleakala. There was 1-3 inches falling per hour along the slopes between Hamoa and Nahiku, and as much as 4 inches per hour in the strongest area of the thunderstorms. Other locations in the advisory included but were not limited to Nahiku and Keanae.

Motorists are advised to be aware of poor drainage areas and ponding that can make driving difficult.

2-day Forecast for Kahului, Maui from the National Weather Service:

Late Afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 78. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 63. East wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts in excess of 4 inches possible.

Friday: Occasional showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 77. East wind between 14 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts in excess of 4 inches possible.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by the National Weather Service)

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