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Maui Flood Watch Until Wednesday Afternoon

August 23, 2016, 3:16 PM HST
* Updated August 24, 2:27 AM
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Satellite imagery courtesy: NOAA/NWS.

Satellite imagery courtesy: NOAA/NWS.

Update: 11:46 p.m. 8.23.16

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Maui County, in effect through Wednesday afternoon.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Deep tropical moisture will continue to produce heavy downpours and a chance of thunderstorms over the island chain through Wednesday.

With the ground already saturated in many areas from recent heavy rains, there will be an elevated risk for flash flooding.

Satellite imagery courtesy: NOAA/NWS.

Satellite imagery courtesy: NOAA/NWS.

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Update: 4:55 p.m. 8.23.16

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The National Weather Service has extended a flood advisory for the island of Maui until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.  

At 4:52 p.m., radar showed heavy rain falling at rates of up to two inches per hour across windward East Maui.

The NWS says the heavy upslope showers and thunderstorms are expected to persist into early evening and could lead to rapid rises in streams.
Locations in the advisory include, but are not limited to: Haʻikū, Paʻuwela, Kaupō, Kīpahulu, Huelo, Nāhiku,Hāna, Makawao, Pāʻia, Kailua, Wailua and Haleakalā National Park.

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As a precaution, the public is advised to say away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas that are prone to flooding.  Motorists and pedestrians are also reminded not to cross fast flowing or rising water in their vehicle or on foot.

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Original Post:

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the island of Maui until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.

A Flood Advisory means that nuisance flooding is occurring or imminent.  The advisory may be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning if flooding worsens and poses a threat to life and property, and may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.

At 1:57 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain with rates up to three inches per hour across Upcountry Maui, near and east of Kula, Pukalani and Makawao. These heavy upslope showers are expected to persist through the afternoon and can lead to rapid rises in streams.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Haʻikū, Hāliʻimaile, Pāʻia, Paʻuwela, Kēōkea, Huelo, Nāhiku, Kailua and Wailua.

As a precaution, the public is advised to say away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas that are prone to flooding.  Motorists and pedestrians are also reminded not to cross fast flowing or rising water in their vehicle or on foot.

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