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Flood advisory for Big Island, rain possible elsewhere

Brown water advisories issued for Oahu and Kauai due to runoff

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:49 p.m. HST, Nov 10, 2013

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Hawaii island as a weather system that brought rain to western islands moved southeast.

At 3:06 p.m., radar showed heavy showers and thunderstorms falling on the Kona slopes of the Big Island from Puuanahulu south to Honaunau. Rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour were observed in Kailua-Kona.

The advisory is in effect until 5:15 p.m.

Earlier this morning, forecasters dropped a flood watch for Maui County and a flood advisory for Oahu after persistent heavy rains moved past the islands.

But forecasters say there's still a chance of brief heavy showers throughout the state.

"The widespread rain from overnight has diminished, and current radar imagery shows more separated showers," the weather service said in a forecast advisory. "Brief heavy showers are still possible, but persistent/anchored rain is not expected."

On Maui, firefighters responded to several calls of flooding in Central Maui homes between midnight  and 3:10 a.m., a spokesman said.

The weather service said there were reports flash flooding west of Kahului at about 1 a.m., after about 2 inches of rain fell in an hour.

On Oahu, flooding was reported Saturday and early today in Niu Valley, Waimanalo, Kahului, Kailua, Pearl City, Hanalei and Waikane.

Brown water advisories were issued for Oahu and Kauai (from Nawiliwili to Na Pali) due to storm runoff.

On Oahu Saturday, heavy rains flooded roads, knocked out power and kept Civil Defense personnel and first responders hopping for most of the day.

Just after 9 p.m., police closed Kamehameha Highway in Laie between Kokololio Beach Park and Pounders Beach Park because of downed utility poles.

According to the weather service, the rain was caused by a cold upper-level trough and moist airmass over the state.

Kauai and Oahu spent much of Saturday afternoon and early evening under a flash flood warning.

The weather service recorded rain rates of as much as 2 inches an hour in Windward Oahu and the Koolau mountains. Waiahole Stream rose more than 11 feet during the peak of the downpour in mid-afternoon.

The city Department of Emergency Management reported flood water as deep as 1.5 feet on Kamehameha Highway and Waihee Road.

On Kauai, rising waters prompted the closing of Kuhio Highway in Hanalei. Hanalei Bridge was also closed due to water crossing the roadway. A flooded culvert was also reported on Puuwai Road in Kalaheo.

On Maui, a power outage prompted the closure of Maui Community College.

The bad weather also kept firefighters and lifeguards busy throughout the afternoon.

Around 4 p.m., firefighters were called to assist a group of 12 children who were caught in a fast-moving Kalihi stream. Nine were able to make it out on their own. HFD personnel assisted the other three.

Fire crews also responded to three people pinned in cars throughout the day,

Ocean Safety personnel responded to numerous weather-related situations,  including rescuing a kayaker who ran into trouble near the Mokulua islands.

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allie wrote:
not much int own though
on November 9,2013 | 08:35AM
palani wrote:
Hard rain in Laie overnight, but just a few showers this morning. I see blue sky and sunshine breaking through the clouds. allie must be around!
on November 9,2013 | 09:06AM
allie wrote:
on November 9,2013 | 11:05AM
false wrote:
Celebrating tutu's life. She loved a storm. Bet she is in her glory on this one. She was always taking a spin to see the storm action but then we didn't know about floods like today. Amazing. Canoes service should be required with First Responders.
on November 9,2013 | 01:54PM
Hawaiians wrote:
Got plenty flash flood warning today bra!!!
on November 9,2013 | 03:08PM
allie wrote:
but no rain to speak of in town!
on November 9,2013 | 03:24PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Poured in Mililani.
on November 9,2013 | 07:19PM
false wrote:
Water on Kamehameha at KV5 will be above the car headlights. Don't drive through that flood plain. So much for the value of those properties. This weather was a real selling point. Not in your life time to be "one born every minute".
on November 9,2013 | 08:58PM
Makapuu4 wrote:
This is god's wrath on Laie for opposing SSM.
on November 9,2013 | 09:11PM
localguy wrote:
Makapuu4 - Ohhh puhleeze. No one believes your pure shibai posts so why waste the time unless you liked to be laughed at. God's wrath? Really? More like our annual rainy weather which you of course are well aware. Realize you will get used to SSM in the Nei just as other states and countries have. Or, resist and be left behind in the dust, always in our rear view mirror.
on November 9,2013 | 10:20PM
Kohelele wrote:
Sarcasm my braddah.
on November 10,2013 | 06:36AM
FinzyKontini wrote:
I live by Kaneohe Bay. Am I safe?
on November 9,2013 | 09:57PM
allie wrote:
seems to clearing in manoa sunday
on November 10,2013 | 06:46AM
palani wrote:
Kamehameha Hwy. in Laie is now being contraflowed, as of about 9 am. Power was restored around 3 am, but the lightning strike that brought down one pole caused two more to fall, domino style.
on November 10,2013 | 09:34AM
droid wrote:
Like all breaking news story, simple copy editing is severely lacking. Honolulu Electric Company? Never heard of them. Someone tell the author of this story that H.E.C.O. stands for Hawaiian Electric Company.
on November 10,2013 | 01:36PM
localguy wrote:
Live and die by the "Auto correct" feature. hehehe
on November 10,2013 | 01:53PM
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