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More stormy weather expected tonight

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:20 a.m. HST, Jan 05, 2014


Cold north winds Friday night after Thursday's stormy weather on Oahu, will give way to a pleasant trade wind weather Saturday and today.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

Another winter storm moving over the state could bring more heavy rain, possible thunderstorms and snow to Big Island summits tonight into Monday.

The storm system could linger into the early part of the weekend and yet another winter storm could follow close behind.

The forecast for Honolulu calls for mostly sunny skies Saturday and today, and a 50 percent chance of rain tonight through Tuesday.

Thursday night's rains on Oahu brought rockslides, mudslides, a toppled utility pole, fallen trees and a blown roof as brief, but heavy rains fell over the island.

The storm closed three highways and a major roadway late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Police closed Kunia Road in both directions between Anonui Drive and Kunia Tunnel around 10:30 p.m. due to a downed utility pole. North-bound lanes were reopened around 8:15 a.m., and the south-bound lanes were reopened just before 9 a.m.

Two north-bound lanes and one south-bound lane of Kalanianaole Highway near Castle Hospital were closed around 10:40 p.m. due to a fallen tree on the road. Crews were able to remove the tree and the highway was reopened around 4 a.m.

Farrington Highway by Makua Caves was closed due to a rockslide around 1 a.m. Crews were able to clear the debris and police reopened all lanes to traffic around 6:40 a.m. However, around the same time, the west- and east-bound center lanes of the highway were closed 9 miles closer to town in Maili at Maipalaoa Road due to a low-hanging utility pole and wires.

The highway reopened at Maipalaoa Road at about 12:30 p.m.

The mauka-bound lanes of Pali Highway at Nuuanu Pali Drive were closed around 1:45 a.m. due to a mudslide. Crews reopend the road by about 5 p.m.

The storm also damaged the roof of a wooden apartment building at Kapiolani and Hoawa in Moiliili at about 9 p.m.

In the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Friday, more than 3.1 inches fell at St. Stephens; nearly 2.7 inches was recorded in Maunawili; and more than 1.3 inches fell at the Honolulu Airport.






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