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Maui Under Flood WARNING, Molokai and Lanai Under ADVISORY

December 10, 2010, 6:08 AM HST
* Updated December 10, 7:08 AM
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(Update 6:51 a.m. 12/10/10)

The Flash Flood WARNING for the island of MAUI was cancelled just before 7 this morning. Radar showed that the heaviest rainfall has moved offshore.   Moderate rainfall continues and runoff is still occurring.  Streams will remain high for several hours.  A Flash Flood WATCH remains in effect for all Hawaiian Islands through late tonight.

The island of Molokai is currently under a less threatening Flood ADVISORY until 7:15 this morning and the island of Lanai is under ADVISORY until 8:45 a.m.

(Update 5:40 a.m. 12/10/10)


MAUI UPDATE:  A Flash Flood WARNING remains in effect for the island of MAUI until 7 a.m. Radar at 4 a.m. showed a line of heavy showers and thunderstorms moving southeast over the island of Maui.  The heaviest rain will initially affect West Maui, then spread eastward to the

Maui Radar at 4:55 a.m. 12/10/10. Image courtesy National Weather Service.


remainder of the Valley Isle.  Torrential rain with rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour is expected.  Locations in the warning include, but are not limited to: Waiehu, Pauwela and Honokowai.  Motorists and pedestrians are reminded not to cross fast flowing or rising water in vehicles or on foot. Runoff from this storm may also cause rock and mudslides in steep terrain.  The warning may need to be extended beyond 7 a.m. if flash flooding persists.

LANAI UPDATE: The Flash Flood WARNING for the island of LANAI was CANCELLED at 5:40 a.m.  Radar and rain gages showed that heavy rains have eased on the island. There is a Flood ADVISORY in effect for LANAI until 8:45 a.m. At 5:33 a.m., radar showed an extensive area of moderate rain moving over Lanai from the southwest.  This will result in nuisance flooding and ponding of water in low-lying areas.  Rainfall and runoff will cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility, and poor breaking action. Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot. The Advisory may need to be extended beyond 8:45 if conditions persist.  A Flash Flood WATCH also remains in effect.


MOLOKAI UPDATE: The Flash Flood WARNING for the island of MOLOKAI was CANCELLED at 4:15 a.m. Radar showed that heavy rain had moved offshore.  A Flood ADVISORY remains in effect for Molokai until 7:15 a.m. At 4:11 a.m., radar showed moderate rain moving over Molokai causing nuisance flooding and ponding of water in low lying areas.  The ADVISORY may need to be extended beyond 7:15 a.m. if rain persists.  A Flash Flood WATCH also remains in effect for MOLOKAI.

(Posted by Wendy Osher, supporting information courtesy National Weather Service)  *** If you enjoyed this post, you may also like our story on the recent renaming of a Maui building in honor of late Rep. Bob Nakasone.

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