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Flood advisory lifted for Kauai

By Craig Gima

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LAST UPDATED: 08:13 p.m. HST, Jul 30, 2013


ands of heavy rain moving over Kauai prompted a flood advisory for the Garden Island, but forecasters lifted it at about 8 p.m. as conditions dried out.

Forecasters say tropical moisture in the air brought in by former Tropical Storm Flossie is responsible for hot, humid and unstable conditions today that brought scattered showers, some heavy over the islands today. Forecasters say drier air is moving in as the trade winds push the moist air away.

The National Weather Service says we could get one more day of post-Flossie humidity until we return to the usual, cooler trade wind weather conditions.

At 2 p.m., what's left of Flossie was about 225 miles northwest of Lihue, heading west-northwest at 15 mph. Flossie has been downgraded to a remnant low. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has stopped issuing advisories on the storm.

A high surf advisory is in effect for the east-facing shores of Oahu and Kauai through 6 a.m. Wednesday, with waves of 5 to 8 feet expected from the declining wind swell. An earlier high surf warning has been canceled.

The Hawaii Red Cross closed its storm shelters this morning. The Red Cross sheltered 45 people on Maui in four locations and 132 people on Oahu in seven locations overnight.

Flooding has closed the Kalepa Bridge at mile marker 38.5 on the Hana Highway, Maui County said this morning. The road is open to local residents only.

Flossie dropped most of its rain over Maui, where lightning storms knocked out power to thousands. Maui Electric crews worked through the  night to restore power to about 4,500 customers who were still without electricity at 9:45 p.m. in parts of Wailuku, and Waiehu to Kahakuloa. Small pockets of customers in Kahului, Haiku and Kula were also affected, 

About 900 customers in Hana were without power overnight, when the storm damaged power lines.

Lightning on Maui sent a Haiku man to the hospital in stable condition when he was struck by a bolt. A home owner in Kahului will be looking to repair a 10-inch hole in his roof and a five-inch hole in the 2-story home’s gable after lightning struck the house at 640 Kipapa Place. A resident was home at the time of the lightning strike, but was uninjured.

The lightning storm appeared to be heading to Oahu at about 8:30 p.m., but radar showed it died out before reaching shore.

Flossie approached the islands as a strong tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph over the weekend, but quickly broke apart Monday as wind shear and dry air zapped Flossie of its power as it approached the Big Island and Maui.

Forecasters had feared up to 15 inches of rain in isolated windward areas, but Flossie, which brought rains of  3 to 4 inches an hour,  moved quickly over the islands and didn’t stay too long over any one place.

The Kaupo Gap in East Maui got the most rain in the state with 5.3 inches falling in the 24-hour period ending at 2 a.m. Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains got 4.3 inches and Ulupalakua recorded 3.6 inches.

Puu Alii in the northeast side of Molokai got nearly 3.8 inches.

Kawainui Stream near Kamuela on the Big Island received 2.5 inches, 1.5 inches was recored in Honokaa, and 2.2 inches fell at Kahua Ranch in North Kohala.

On Oahu, 2.6 inches fell on the Oahu Forest National Wildlife Reserve in the northern Koolau mountains, Upper Nuuanu got 1.3 inches and the Lyon Aboretum in Manoa saw 1.2 inches of rain.

The Kilohana rain gage on Kauai recorded 3.9 inches, while 3 inches fell on Mt. Waialeale, and a little less than 1.2 inches fell in Wainiha.

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onevoice82 wrote:
I no longer believe you!
on July 30,2013 | 05:35AM
honokai wrote:
The folks at NWS do not create these storms. The provide forecasts based on real science and the gathering of a substantial amount of historic data. If you would learn to read the bulletins (rather than listen television mouthpieces) and listen to the scientists directly, you mind find that they do (and did) an exceptional job. We are very lucky to have the resources and experts that we have. As far as some naysayers in the public, these people will never be happy with anything. They exist just to tear things down.
on July 30,2013 | 06:11AM
inHilo wrote:
Mahalo.
on July 30,2013 | 06:30AM
Pacej001 wrote:
I go directly to the NOAA site for forecasts. Seems like, as with Flossie, they are frequently wrong, way wrong. Whut up?
on July 30,2013 | 08:45AM
onevoice82 wrote:
Boy did you get up on the wrong side of the bed honokai! Or someone in your family or a friend works for them either way, lighten up!
on July 30,2013 | 08:52AM
aomohoa wrote:
I agree. Lighten up is the only way to live. Some people take this too seriously.
on July 30,2013 | 09:04AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Boy, the reporter KGMB sent to Kauai must be REALLY upset. He/she didn't get to stand in the rain and act like he/she was getting blown over by the breeze (like they do on the MAINLAND!). That is one of the true pieces of damage done by the diabolical Flossie. That (a reporter didn't get air time), and there were no videos of roofs blowing off to show.
on July 30,2013 | 10:33AM
Aieagrl wrote:
Doesn't matter, got ratings. That is all that matters to them. KHON,KITV, and KGMB reporters, all a bunch of chumps. Many moons ago, storms like this were quite common and welcomed. Now they'll turn a wee little sprinkle into a Katrina type disaster.
on July 30,2013 | 12:18PM
mikethenovice wrote:
What storm? I got a suntan today.
on July 30,2013 | 11:32AM
pgkemp wrote:
hey oahuan hoarders, no refunds
on July 30,2013 | 05:41AM
tiki886 wrote:
It's called being prepared. Weren't you?
on July 30,2013 | 09:41AM
allie wrote:
We got much less rain than predicted.
on July 30,2013 | 06:08AM
honokai wrote:
The NWS service issued a substantial series of bulletins over the past several days. Anyone that was actually reading the bulletins would conclude that NWS did an exceptional job. The forecasts include probability and chance and are based on real science. No one can tell you exactly where a storm is going or how strong it will be. That is why they use modeling. They do not have a thousand years of data because they haven't been at this that long. However, within the next thousand years, there is a chance that a storm will appear that is very similar to Flossie. So now they have the this new data set to work with.
on July 30,2013 | 06:34AM
allie wrote:
well said
on July 30,2013 | 07:48AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Can you really argue that the "severe weather station" did not overplay the storm as they always do? Soon a real hurricane will hit and like the boy who cried wolf no one will believe them. A one-hour special edition of news, three days of warnings and then not even a hint of wind and less than an inch of rain in town? They knew this storm would dissipate as it approached Hawaii but the sensationalism never end, especially for Hawaii News Now.
on July 30,2013 | 08:28AM
cojef wrote:
They paint the worst case scenerio to get citizens to pay heed to minimize the casualty rates. It is not scare tactics, just that if people do listen, when the storm turns out worst the casualties will be lower. Rather take precautions than be sorry. Unless U no kea. Then heaven help you.
on July 30,2013 | 09:51AM
tiki886 wrote:
That being true, how can the man-made global warming alarmists claim to know what the world's temperatures will be and how high the sea level will be using tree rings and ice cores and call that 'science'. It's not science if it's based on 'concensus'.

NWS just proves man-made global warming is a hoax.


on July 30,2013 | 09:48AM
808warriorfan wrote:
THANK YOU GOD !!!!!
on July 30,2013 | 06:30AM
allie wrote:
agree!
on July 30,2013 | 07:48AM
soshaljustic wrote:
Better to be safe and prepared than be blind-sided! Can always use canned goods, bottled water. If no keep, can always donate to food pantry and homeless shelters then claim write-off on taxes! What comes around goes around and caring for island ohana is important!! We all know that. After charity begins at home and sharing amongst family, there exist ways to benefit rather than taking any loss on Floss!! My aloha!
on July 30,2013 | 06:38AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Whether good or bad, we always need the rain to replenish and keep moist our dry areas or regions esp. in the Leeward areas in the summer time....and to replenish our water supply.........enjoy the rain while it lasts as I shudder everytime we are told we are in a drought period. Of course, my heart goes out to the people or residents affected by the rain in flood prone areas but living in Hawaii we have to take the good with the bad in the State's best interests to maintain its water supply and keep everything fresh and green as far as the landscape and agricultural products are concerned although excessive flooding doesn't help the farmers which I feel should be subsidized for their losses in these drastic conditions.
on July 30,2013 | 06:49AM
jussayin wrote:
NWS did fine. TV stations suck; too much coverage, excites people instead of calming folks while taking precautions, etc. Cry wolf too much and these warnings with extensive coverage will mean less. Remember the tsunamis and how it can wrap around the islands, etc.? Yes, better to be safe but need to the point coverage in the news media. Looking forward to the next 'in' news story. Having said this, hope everyone is doing okay.
on July 30,2013 | 07:09AM
allie wrote:
agree...NWS was the best. The local jibberish was embarrassing.
on July 30,2013 | 07:49AM
false wrote:
i got batteries and water for sale...
on July 30,2013 | 07:52AM
aomohoa wrote:
We should all just be glad that is wasn't as bad as it could have been. It also gave people a change to think about the fact that it always be good to be prepared. That doesn't mean buying the stores out of toilet paper at the last second, which is ridiculous. LOL It also keep first responders on top of their game.
on July 30,2013 | 09:07AM
jussayin wrote:
Being alerted is obviously needed. To be updated with facts and the best projections are also needed. But do away with the constant and nonsense coverage by the news media. They're trying to make the story bigger than it is and in turn making people panic. Just need NWS on TV. And what's up with allowing the City workers go home early? The storm didn't hit till 10 pm and they mayor knew that the storm was 'running late'. Storms are common. Just gotta watch out for the once in a decade or so hurricanes.
on July 30,2013 | 09:39AM
tiki886 wrote:
Flossie should remind us to be prepared for natural disasters and financial upheavals that can cut power and our shipping lifeline from the mainland for a sustained long period of time. Relying on growing our own food is no advantage and futile if a hurricane or tsunami wipes out all the crops.

Our State and C&C should be encouraging each household to store dehydrated foodstuffs that can last 25 years or canned goods if you have the space. You don't need a garage or commercial self storage space to store all that food. I got 6 months worth under my bed and closet. I just need a long term supply of water beyond 1 month.

It doesn't hurt to hoard ammunition either since the current political climate is bent on the destruction of the 2nd Amendment.


on July 30,2013 | 10:07AM
CriticalReader wrote:
KGMB fear tabloided the weather.
on July 30,2013 | 10:23AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I gotta laugh at how all the government types had to chime in by supplying the public with mundane information. It was like they were all trying to justify the tax dollars going to their department. It would be a lot less confusing if only one government type is selected as the spokesperson like when Doug Carlson was around. I dare say that FEMA, the Governor's office, the Mayors office, DLNR and many others made it very hard to sift through the accurate info. In the end I stopped reading their garbage and just focused on the weather reports coming out of the NOAA...
on July 30,2013 | 12:32PM
jussayin wrote:
Oh well, had to water the yard; fertilizer didn't melt away. Didn't have as much rain as the weather folks said.
on July 30,2013 | 04:48PM
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