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Flood Watch Extended Through This Afternoon For All Islands

January 13, 2020, 6:26 AM HST
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Flood watch extended for all islands through this afternoon, Jan. 13, 2020. PC: satellite imagery courtesy NOAA/NWS

A flood watch remains in effect through this afternoon for all Hawaiian Islands.

The National Weather Services say the atmosphere remains moist and unstable, and the ground in many windward and upslope areas remains soaked from recent rains. Strong trade winds will deliver abundant moisture, while a low aloft continues to provide instability, potentially fueling locally heavy rainfall.

Any heavy showers that develop will lead to runoff in streams and rivers, increasing the potential for flash flooding.

A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flash flooding. The NWS reminds the public that flash flooding can be life threatening.

The NWS advises: “Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle or on foot. Be prepared to take action if a Flash Flood Warning is issued. If you experience heavy rain or rising water, head to higher ground immediately.”

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