Flood Advisory Issued for Maui

January 3, 2014, 12:24 PM HST · Updated January 3, 2:18 PM
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Rain clouds, photo by Wendy Osher.

Rain clouds, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A flood advisory is in effect for the island of Maui until 3:15 p.m. today, according to a new forecast issued by the National Weather Service.

At 12:06 p.m., NWS forecasters said radar showed heavy rain falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour in the area between and upslope from Kaupō to Hāna.

Other locations included in the advisory are Kīpahulu and Hāmoa.

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The public is reminded to stay away from streams, drainage ditches, and low-lying areas that are prone to flooding.  Pedestrians and motorists are also reminded not to cross fast-flowing or rising water in their vehicle or on foot.

The NWS says, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

The advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.

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