Maui Flood Advisory
By Wendy Osher
(Update: 1:13 p.m. 1/9/13)
The Flood Advisory for Maui has been extended until 4:15 p.m.
Forecasters from the National Weather Service said radar at 1:06 p.m. showed passing moderate to heavy showers moving over the east and southeast slopes of Haleakala. Rain was also falling i the up-slope region from Kipahulu to Hamoa and Hana.
Rangers from the National Park Service also reported very high water levels within Oheo Gulch and elevated water levels at other East Maui streams.
(Posted: 10:21 a.m. 1/9/13)
A flood advisory has been issued for the island of Maui until 1:15 p.m.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say radar showed persistent heavy rain over the windward slopes of Haleakala at 10:12 a.m.
There were also heavy showers spotted up-slope from Kaupo to Hamoa and Hana.
Although most of the rain will not affect the Hana Highway, forecasters say it will lead to elevated water levels in streams along the windward east Maui area, including Oheo Gulch.
As a precaution, motorists and pedestrians are advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding.
The NWS states that rainfall and runoff can make driving conditions hazardous due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor breaking action.
The advisory may need to be extended beyond 1:15 p.m. if heavy rain persists.
A friendly reminder issued by NWS officials advises the public, “do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot. Turn around; don’t drown.”