Wet Weather Prompts Flood Advisory for Maui

March 7, 2014, 6:08 AM HST · Updated March 7, 9:27 AM
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Satellite imagery courtesy NOAA/NWS, Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:30 a.m.

Satellite imagery courtesy NOAA/NWS, Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:30 a.m.

By Wendy Osher

(Update: 8:30 a.m. 3/7/14)

The flood advisory for Maui has been cancelled as of 8:30 a.m.

(Update: 7:36 a.m. 3/7/14)

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The National Weather Service has extended a flood advisory for the Island of Maui in Maui County until 10:30 a.m.

At around 7:30 a.m., NWS forecasters say radar showed heavy rain falling at 1 to 3 inches per hour along the windward Haleakalā slopes and coast from Kīpahulu to Hāna.

NWS forecasters say showers are moving north quickly; however, will be passing over the area continuously for the next hour or two as they move onshore from the south.

(Posted at 6 a.m. 3/7/14)

The National Weather Service extended a flood advisory for the County of Maui until 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014.

At 5:54 a.m., NWS forecasters say radar showed heavy showers moving onshore from the south, affecting leeward and south facing slopes of Haleakalā from Nuʻu to Mākena, and up to the Kula area.

Heavy rains were reported in the Lahaina area earlier this morning at around 4:30 a.m.  The earlier rains affected Waiheʻe, Nāpili, Kapalua, Kahakuloa, Kāʻanapali, Honolua, Honokōwai, and Honokōhau.

According to NWS rainfall totals, more than an inch of rain was recorded in the Puʻu Kukui area of Maui over the 24 hour period ending at 5 a.m. today.  More than a half an inch of rain was recorded over the same period at ʻUlupalakua and Kepuni on Maui; and Kaunakakai on Molokaʻi; and nine-tenths of an inch was recorded at the Lānaʻi gauge.

The public is advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Motorists and pedestrians are also reminded not to cross fast flowing or rising water in their vehicle or on foot.

The advisory may need to be extended if heavy rains persist.

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