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Oahu under flood advisory as rains from Maui reach island

By Craig Gima

LAST UPDATED: 12:17 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2013

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Oahu as heavy rains approached the southeastern coast of the island and Tropical Depression Flossie moved away from Maui, where it created a lightning storm that struck a Haiku man.

Forecasters  said radar showed heavy rain approaching Makapuu to Hawaii Kai and Diamond head at 11:12 p.m.

The rain was moving west at 15 to 20 mph. Other locations in the advisory include Ewa, Pearl City, Waimanalo and Downtown Honolulu.

The advisory is in effect until 2:15 a.m.

Earlier Monday evening, lightning struck a man in Haiku and knocked out power briefly to the entire island of Molokai as Flossie rolled over Maui County on its way to Oahu.

The storm, now a rapidly weakening tropical depression with sustained winds under 39 mph, brought thunder, lightning and heavy rain to Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

The lightning storm appeared to be heading to Oahu at about 9 p.m., but radar showed it died out before reaching shore.

Forecasters say heavy rain is still possible overnight for Oahu and Kauai and more rain, even thunder storms, may linger Tuesday and Wednesday after Flossie passes, because of humid and hot conditions.

A spokesman said the Maui County Fire Department received a report that a man was struck by lightning on West Kuiaha Road in Haiku..

Paramedics treated him and took him by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, said Ryan Joslin, a spokesman with the Maui County Paramedics Association.

"He was in stable condition," Joslin said.

The Fire Department also responded to a home at 40 Kipapa Place in Kahului that was struck by lightning. Firefighters discovered a 10 inch hole in the roof from a lightning strike that apparently went through the gable end of the back of the two story home. The hole in the gable was 5 inches in diameter, firefighters said. A resident, who was home when the lightning struck, was not injured. Damage to the home is estimated at $1,000.

Firefighters also responded to a lightning strike at a building near Amala Place and Hobron Road in Kahului, but did not find any indication of a lightning strike.

Power on Molokai was out less than an hour after the island's only power plant was struck by lightning, Maui Electric officials said.

Forecasters expect the storm will move through the islands “pretty quickly”and should be past Kauai and Niihau Tuesday morning.

Flossie caused some wind damage in the Hilo area but it didn’t appear the system would bring as much rain as originally predicted, said Mike Cantin, a coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service Honolulu office.

In the 24-hour period ending at 8 p.m. Monday, 5.1 inches at the Kaupo Gap, 4.3 inches at Puu Kukui, and 3.2 inches at Ulupalakua. Hawaii island recorded 2.4 inches at Kahua Ranch , 2.5 inches at Upper Kamuela and 3 inches at Kawainui Stream.

The storm also brought large waves to the east shores of the Big Island, where a high surf advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. today.

The weather service reported a Hilo buoy reading jumped 5 feet in five hours this morning. Hawaii County officials said some areas have seen surf of 8 to 12 feet.

A high surf warning is posted for east-facing shores of Kauai, Molokai and Oahu until early Tuesday morning.

Flossie's power decreased significantly from a high of maximum sustained winds of 70 mph over the weekend, just under the hurricane threshold of 74 mph. Forecasters said wind shear and dry air helped zap Flossie of its power as it approached the Big Island and Maui.

Cantin explained that as Flossie began to weaken, the center of the storm was "fully exposed" and losing its "source of energy."

The storm is expected to continue to dissipate.

In its wake, Flossie is expected to leave hot and muggy tropical conditions for the next couple of days, until the cooling trade winds push the humid air away by Thursday.

Even after Flossie is gone, she could still leave us with heavy afternoon rains, perhaps thunder storms because of the heat and humidity.

The forecast for Honolulu calls for cloudy skies with showers and the chance of heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.


Star-Advertiser reporters and editors Ed Lynch, Gordon Pang, Christie Wilson, William Cole, Nanea Kalani and Rosemarie Bernardo contributed to this story.


Here's what should be in your disaster preparedness kit

Tracking Flossie Special Coverage

Star-Advertiser Weather Page

State Doppler Radar Loop

Local Radar Loop

State Satellite Loop

Hawaii's 2014 Disaster Preparedness Guide

UH vog forecast

Reader submitted photos

Maui socked by lightning and flooding

Lightning strike leaves hole where it tore through Maui home

Flood advisory lifted for Kauai

Gil upgraded to hurricane, continues moving west in Eastern Pacific

Kihei residents get flood scare when culvert overflows

Big Isle residents escape Flossie relatively unscathed

Power restored to nearly all Maui residents

Nine state parks and facilities reopen, seven still closed in Flossie's wake

Zapped Out

Thousands on Maui, Big Island without electricity

Wave of flight cancellations poses little threat to industry

Lightning, heavy rain hit valley isle

Photos: Hawaii island prepares for Flossie

Impact minimal as force diminishes

Flossie patrol, Monday

Oahu under flood advisory as rains from Maui reach island

Hawaii County under state of emergency; residents get ready

Tropical Storm Flossie predicted to drench isles this week

Abercrombie signs emergency proclamation ahead of Flossie's arrival

Maui mayor: Residents need to get ready to face Flossie

FEMA issues advisory for Hawaii on Tropical Storm Flossie

Hawaiian Electric vows to be ready for Flossie's fury

More Hawaii County closures announced, including bus system

Coast Guard reopens Hawaii island ports; Kahului port still closed

Flossie's strike marks first for Big Isle

State closes numerous parks, trails and campgrounds

Isles brace for Flossie's fury

Oahu emergency officials offer advice, warnings for residents

Flossie intensifies, could hit Maui and/or Big Island

State Civil Defense: Flossie could bring heavy rain, winds and floods

Text of National Weather Service's Tropical Storm Watch advisory


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palani wrote:
Um, do you think it might rain tomorrow?
on July 28,2013 | 11:10AM
honokai wrote:
Can't be sure until Guy and the rest of the severe weather team dramatically rereads the drab NWS bulletins to us tonight.
on July 28,2013 | 12:14PM
kennysmith wrote:
just don't wait just get ready for his storm to hit the islands ok, please do it.
on July 28,2013 | 01:18PM
Fred01 wrote:
Yes, after all, the sky is falling.
on July 29,2013 | 09:27AM
frontman wrote:
The only threat to the whole State of Hawaii are democrats.
on July 29,2013 | 12:18PM
Aieagrl wrote:
Don't blame either side. Blame ALL politicians. They are the one's who pull the strings on your puppet lives.
on July 29,2013 | 01:27PM
aomohoa wrote:
So true. Even when they start out with good intentions they end up selling out. They think they can change things and then they just accept the game of politics.
on July 29,2013 | 08:31PM
allie wrote:
truth in that...
on July 29,2013 | 03:41PM
edvislee wrote:
Frontman LOL! THAT IS SOOOO TRUE! Thank the Hawaii Democrats that the fiscal sky is falling! Homelessness, welfare abuse, drug abuse, virtual non-enforcement of the criminal code. Thank You Liberals!
on July 29,2013 | 06:20PM
Aieagrl wrote:
Same could be said about the republicans for not fighting hard enough and giving up so easily. These political rants are moot. You all are too chicken to stand up and fight for what you believe so you count on strangers to decide your fates. Chaddup and chew your grass.
on July 29,2013 | 06:31PM
edvislee wrote:
How can you fight in a WELFARE state? We pay taxes! We vote for fiscal responsibility but ultimately it's the lazy moochers voted in by corrupt unions and politicians (probaby you!) who ruin the state. Chaddup and chew your EBT!
on July 29,2013 | 06:38PM
allie wrote:
on July 28,2013 | 03:03PM
Nalukai wrote:
Lived on Guam for 15 years. 8 typhoons and 2 super typhoons, but I'm still prepared !
on July 29,2013 | 08:25AM
allie wrote:
on July 28,2013 | 12:42PM
aomohoa wrote:
I hope you aren't afraid of everything for the rest of your life. HON.
on July 28,2013 | 07:50PM
joshislost wrote:
i hope your house gets hit by lightnning hon
on July 28,2013 | 10:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
What a horrible thing to say. Nothing funny about that.
on July 29,2013 | 04:24AM
joshislost wrote:
who says WE are trying to be funny. trying to cut the fat off thats all
on July 29,2013 | 05:59AM
aomohoa wrote:
Bottom line is I guess you are just an a@#h#le joshislost!
on July 29,2013 | 08:35PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I thought it was kinda funny but then I don't like Allie.
on July 29,2013 | 08:54PM
aomohoa wrote:
Allie annoys me but I would never be that cruel. I have not seen you commenting before but you need to go away joshislost. You are lost. I would never wish harm to anyone here, even those I never agree with!
on July 29,2013 | 08:34PM
joshislost wrote:
im always on here. because you havent paid me any mind is your problem. i didnt wish she got shot i simply wished the storm would hit her house only. you should tell him her whatever the hell it is to go away.
on July 29,2013 | 11:29PM
Anonymous wrote:
There is a 50% chance of that.
on July 28,2013 | 03:06PM
frontman wrote:
The only threat to the whole State of Hawaii are democrats.
on July 29,2013 | 12:18PM
Dtab wrote:
nah, the weather man is always wrong
on July 28,2013 | 08:21PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
as usual, not a drop of rain in aiea yet.
on July 29,2013 | 08:55PM
allie wrote:
partly cloudy in manoa. Let us pray it continues to weaken!
on July 29,2013 | 10:57AM
allie wrote:
seems like Flossie has faded out? Nothing other than some mist in Manoa!
on July 29,2013 | 03:40PM
Anonymous wrote:
Satellite presentation has been improving and it now looks like the wind field is expanding. It definitely doesn't look like it's weakening.
on July 28,2013 | 12:18PM
pj737 wrote:
Satellite presentation has been improving and it now looks like the wind field is expanding. It definitely doesn't look like it's weakening.
on July 28,2013 | 12:19PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on July 28,2013 | 12:32PM
bobbob wrote:
on July 28,2013 | 07:26PM
aomohoa wrote:
What a mean nasty comment.
on July 28,2013 | 07:52PM
IAmSane wrote:
I don't think this is English.
on July 29,2013 | 12:15AM
RichardCory wrote:
It makes sense considering his user name. He's too disgusted to type in proper, sensible English.
on July 29,2013 | 06:02AM
frontman wrote:
The only threat to the whole State of Hawaii are democrats.
on July 29,2013 | 12:18PM
IAmSane wrote:
Wow, that was random.
on July 29,2013 | 04:16PM
allie wrote:
on July 29,2013 | 06:32AM
Fred01 wrote:
Maybe you need to pass elementary school before being allowed to post comments?
on July 29,2013 | 09:28AM
8082062424 wrote:
It better rain i did not wash my car this weekend. but other then that let it come im ready
on July 28,2013 | 01:03PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Fertilize all those fruit trees so the rain can make it soak into the roots.
on July 28,2013 | 01:19PM
8082062424 wrote:
we did not Fertilize but we picked a lot of the fruit off the trees today. with hope the ground will not be a mess
on July 28,2013 | 02:43PM
aomohoa wrote:
That is exactly what my husband just did:)
on July 28,2013 | 07:52PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
on July 28,2013 | 08:02PM
niceynicey wrote:
Let's just hope there are no dumdums going hiking in the hills today or tomorrow.
on July 28,2013 | 03:33PM
aomohoa wrote:
They have been warned. Sometimes the gene pool needed a little weeding.
on July 28,2013 | 07:54PM
niceynicey wrote:
Cold. Yet true.
on July 28,2013 | 08:28PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Gee, on my television it says the gusts are currently 65mph to 75mph. I thought a Hurricane was decidedly so if it had winds over 74 mph, so is Flossie a Tropical Storm or is she a Hurricane and nobody wishes to start a panic? Plus, I did not know Tropical storms had an eye? Another forcast said, "...the eye..." was expected to travel over Hawaii. That verbiage is confusing to me and is more indicative of a hurricane. I feel more confident with NOAA in the backyard and able to keep people informed and readied for all circumstances. Get your bottled water and spam, make one pot of rice and put 'em on ice, fill up da car in case need to go to shelter, bring da cat in, check the battries fo da radio, hunker down an grab da spouses okole, have a good day off if can! :^) My aloha...
on July 28,2013 | 04:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
Add toilet paper to that list.
on July 29,2013 | 04:26AM
aomohoa wrote:
I never got how anyone needs to run out to buy toilet paper in an emergency. LOL I never have less than 10 rolls.
on July 29,2013 | 08:38PM
lwandcah wrote:
It becomes a category 1 hurricane when the sustained winds are at least 74 mph, not gusts.
on July 29,2013 | 07:35AM
jess wrote:
Tropical storm, they can have an eye and the same circular motion as a hurricane because all hurricanes were at one time tropical storms. A hurricane must have 75 mph sustained winds. Thankfully Flossie never was a hurricane but she was damn close!
on July 29,2013 | 08:08AM
kukui_nut wrote:
If winds get really strong, beware of flying solar panels.
on July 28,2013 | 07:09PM
allie wrote:
on July 29,2013 | 07:33AM
jess wrote:
I was just thinking about that. This is the first storm with force we've seen since the big solar boom. Should be interesting.
on July 29,2013 | 08:10AM
sanoname wrote:
Wow it might rain looks worse now . hope no 1 get hurt practice safty
on July 28,2013 | 08:28PM
pj737 wrote:
Looks like we may get lucky... storm is rapidly falling apart right now.
on July 28,2013 | 09:38PM
pj737 wrote:
on July 28,2013 | 09:38PM
pj737 wrote:
Looks like the Big Island may get lucky. Storm is rapidly falling apart.
on July 28,2013 | 09:39PM
BigOpu wrote:
Is there an echo in here?
on July 29,2013 | 05:24AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Too bad it is weakening. It needs to rent its fury. The Isles deserve it.
on July 29,2013 | 04:00AM
mayihavesumor wrote:
The sky is falling, the sky is falling
on July 29,2013 | 06:59AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The sky is falling, the sky might fall, the sky .....
on July 29,2013 | 09:10AM
saveparadise wrote:
I'm more worried about all the weeds that come up after the rains. The weekend was nice and I went golfing yesterday so it's all good.
on July 29,2013 | 09:21AM
aomohoa wrote:
Either you are saying you don't worry much or you are very superficial. LOL
on July 29,2013 | 08:40PM
mayihavesumor wrote:
Justin Cruz is the most responsible weather man. While local stations keep giving us breathless updates with any official looking person thats not eating the pastry at the command centers and Ron Mitzutani keeps saying "the eye, the eye" he calmly tells Ron "let's just call it the center of the storm".
on July 29,2013 | 09:46AM
Ripoff wrote:
on July 29,2013 | 09:53AM
Morimoto wrote:
So in other words Honolulu may get hit by a direct tropical depression. Basically a few hours of rain and higher than average winds. Guy Hagi must be so excited he finally has something to talk about instead of always raving about the "best weather on the planet".
on July 29,2013 | 10:02AM
allie wrote:
hope so...I am tired of being scared of this storm!
on July 29,2013 | 10:58AM
Morimoto wrote:
You seem to be scared of everything, even your own shadow.
on July 29,2013 | 11:47AM
allie wrote:
on July 29,2013 | 02:25PM
aomohoa wrote:
Why does that make you blush? It was not a complement.
on July 29,2013 | 08:42PM
Allie, this storm is going to seem manini compared to the storms you would get in ND.
on July 29,2013 | 06:50PM
gobows wrote:
on July 29,2013 | 10:04AM
kds wrote:
sunny and blue skies in downtown Honolulu.....what storm?
on July 29,2013 | 10:13AM
csdhawaii wrote:
It's annoying that the Star Advertiser keeps using the same story to "update" us on things like this. What part of the above is the new part from the previous five times it's been updated? Tired of reading comments on parts of the story that were removed. So stupid. Follow the APs lead and leave the original story, the provide updates with the date/time of each update.
on July 29,2013 | 10:58AM
juscasting wrote:
The weather was awesome yesterday, got to cut my grass, trim my trees and picked up choke beer to last till New Years! All I got to do today is throw some fertilizer before Uncle Flossie arrives!
on July 29,2013 | 11:37AM
frontman wrote:
The only threat to the whole State of Hawaii are democrats.
on July 29,2013 | 12:17PM
RiceLady wrote:
Its so hilarious how much emphasis is and has been spent on a tropical storm. Now, having said this, of course, if Flossie was a 'real' threat - then I get it, but, as of 12:23pm today - and much,much earlier in the day - the national weather service downgraded Flossie to a rainy storm - nothing more. I just cannot understand all the 'severe weather' that is presented here in Hawaii on TV news and in this paper. We live in the middle of the Pacific and it rains when it rains. The 'flood watches' that crawl across our TV screens are hilarious, especially because they are usually posted AFTER the threat is gone. Wish the media would focus on NEWS! There is a ton of it here, but, of course, the media focuses on things that are 'easy to report' - meaning, since they don't have decent news staff/reporters, they just pull stories from the wire, press releases and what they 'know.' No more digging for stories, no more Matt Levi and his fabulous investigative stories, just fluff and weather 3 times in one 30-minute broadcast. What a waste of time. HOW ABOUT SOME REAL NEWS for a change?!?
on July 29,2013 | 12:46PM
jusjoking wrote:
It s called standing down after a threat has been contained or passed. It's going to rain big time in some areas. Rain happens. STAND DOWN now regroup, analyze, and stop grandstanding a now near miss, but still a miss. Good job all. mahalo. Now bust out the umbrellas and go home already.
on July 29,2013 | 02:42PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Totally agree, must be a slow news day!!! No GMA or CBS This Morning, they had storm updates instead. Good Grief!
on July 29,2013 | 02:46PM
IAmSane wrote:
on July 29,2013 | 04:18PM
Morimoto wrote:
Actually there isn't really a lot of news here, that's why they want to report on Flossie. It'll give them something to fill their newscast with. I believe KHON devoted half their newscast yesterday to Flossie. All the channels try to make it sound bigger than it really is and then say "better safe than sorry" which is true but you don't need to devote half your newscast to a storm that will likely be a tropical depression by the time it reaches Oahu. I agree with the part of the media here heavily reporting on things that are "easy to report". More investigative reports would be appreciated.
on July 29,2013 | 02:52PM
allie wrote:
on July 29,2013 | 03:42PM
Yukio wrote:
That's because these stations invest so much money on their so-called meterologists (a.k.a., weather persons) so you gotta make it look like they serve a purpose now and then. In reality, a news anchor could read the weather. You just need someone behind the scenes writing the script and flashing it up on the teleprompter. Instead the station may employ three or four warm bodies to do weather and make a big production out of it.
on July 29,2013 | 07:41PM
allie wrote:
good points!
on July 29,2013 | 03:42PM
Kiahuna wrote:
What a joke. Look how much attention (and $) we pay to people that are almost always wrong. Only in the weather business.
on July 29,2013 | 02:54PM
jussayin wrote:
You're right! Make a storm sound like the world is coming to an end. Waste a lot of money. City sends most of the 10000 workers home early. Good to have the alert and updates once in a while but not how it's being covered in the stupid, don't know what else to say except the same thing over and over news media. Hey, it better rain because I'm going to put fertilizer in the yard.
on July 29,2013 | 04:22PM
Frances wrote:
Does a tropical depression make us tropicals depressed? I'm just sayin...
on July 29,2013 | 05:13PM
Papakolea wrote:
I think the National Weather Service guy was pretty realistic and reasonable in the 2:00 press conference. Much different from the local news stations that made it seem like the world was coming to an end.
on July 29,2013 | 05:38PM
64hoo wrote:
no heavy rain tonight or tomorrow in ewa beach
on July 29,2013 | 05:48PM
kailuabred wrote:
American canceled my 5pm flight to the mainland 14 hours ago! I type this out by my pool at 6pm. What a joke!!
on July 29,2013 | 06:09PM
honokai wrote:
They are describing clouds moving in and the sky getting dark. Water is starting to come out of the sky. It is rather wet. Time to shelter in place.
on July 29,2013 | 06:58PM
jamie2 wrote:
More like floppie. Again over hyped.
on July 29,2013 | 07:49PM
honokai wrote:
NWS did an excellent job. That is the only source I go to. I don't know why anyone would let some entertainer read the NWS bulletins and use the silly filter of television drama to get information.
on July 29,2013 | 08:15PM
jussayin wrote:
Agree. TV stations should cut themselves out and just broadcast NWS. Too much hype and silly analysis from the TV folks.
on July 29,2013 | 08:45PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
And they've been wrong too haven't they? aren't they the ones feeding the doom and gloom newscasters their info?
on July 29,2013 | 09:04PM
honokai wrote:
The NWS info was very accurate.
on July 29,2013 | 09:25PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
They cry wolf then nothing happens, I've seen this show before, I wonder how much lost income and productivity this costs taxpayers and the private sector. I've seen regular windward and mauka showers that add up to more than what happened all day on Oahu. Get your act together weather people, if you can't properly predict the weather then stop trying to.
on July 29,2013 | 09:02PM
honokai wrote:
NWS did a terrific job. It is clear you either have not been following the bulletins or you made little effort to read them. We are terribly lucky to have the resources and experts that we have.
on July 29,2013 | 10:11PM
jussayin wrote:
Well, it's quiet and dry in central Oahu. Hopefully it'll rain tonight since I put fertilizer out.
on July 29,2013 | 10:28PM
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