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Flood Advisory Issued for Maui

October 19, 2018, 6:27 PM HST
* Updated October 19, 6:31 PM
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The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory for Maui until 9 p.m.

At 6 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain across windward areas of the West Maui Mountains and the windward slopes of Haleakala with rainfall rates up to 2 inches an hour.

Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kahului, Kapalua, Honokohau, Kahakuloa, Pu‘unēnē, Hali‘imaile, Pauwela, Pā‘ia, Makawao, Wailuku, Hāna and Waiehu.

At 3:20 p.m., radar indicated heavy showers falling at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour over windward slopes of east Maui and Upcountry.

Additional heavy rainfall is expected through the afternoon, and be aware that streams on windward east Maui and dry gulches near Kīhei could experience rapid rises in water levels.

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Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Makawao, Kēōkea, Mākena, Ha‘iku-Pauwela, Wailea, Huelo, ‘Ulupalakua, Kula, Pukalani, Nahiku and Hali‘imaile.

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PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding.

Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.

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Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.

This advisory may need to be extended beyond 9 p.m. if heavy rain persists.

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