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Rain easing; trades expected back through New Year's Day

By Star-Advertiser Staff

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LAST UPDATED: 06:37 p.m. HST, Dec 28, 2010


The sun started to come out this afternoon, but a few showers are still in the forecast tonight as a weather system that brought rain and cloudy skies to Kauai, Oahu and Maui over the weekend begins to dissipate.

“We still have scattered and numerous showers across the area. But we’re not expecting heavy rainfall like the past few days,” said John Bravender, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Bravender said a weather system northwest of the state that has been pulling up moisture from the south is dissipating faster than expected.

A flash flood watch for Oahu and Kauai was canceled this afternoon. Sunshine and cooling tradewinds from the northeast should return tomorrow morning and stay with us through New Year’s Day, when light to moderate trades are expected to blow away smoke from New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Rain overnight and this morning caused a few problems with road, park and golf course closures.

The city closed Kamehameha Highway between Kahekili Highway and Lulani Street because of a collapsed wall. Traffic was being detoured along Lulani Street.

Peter Hirai, deputy director of the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, said city employees were clearing a landslide off a 10-foot section of highway last night, when a residential rock wall collapsed, raising safety concerns.

The Ewa Villages and West Loch golf courses remained closed today because of the saturated grounds. The Ted Makalena golf course is only open on the front nine.

The Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex and Central Oahu Regional Park are closed today and tomorrow, a city spokeswoman said.

Nearly half an inch of rain was reported at the Honolulu Airport this morning. Pacific Palisades and Waianae also reported showers.

The storm also caused minor flooding problems yesterday.

In the 24-hour period ending at 2 a.m., the storm dropped nearly 3.5 inches of rain on Hanalei, where the Hanalei Bridge was closed for more than three hours because of flooding. Kokee got 3.2 inches and more than 4 inches fell at Puu Opae above Kekaha.

On Oahu, 3.7 inches fell on Poamoho, near Wahiawa; 4.3 inches was recorded at Palehua near Makakilo; and 2.3 inches fell in Waianae.

Bravender said there will still be more showers than usual for Oahu, especially on the Leeward side, through the night.

But tomorrow should mark a return to the usual windward and mauka shower pattern.






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