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Rain causes minor damage on Oahu, Kauai, and heads for Maui, Big Island

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:16 p.m. HST, Jan 16, 2011

After heavy rains abated on Kauai, the National Weather Service downgraded a flash flood warning to a watch tonight.

At 1:46 p.m., rain gauges in Kokee and Wainiha showed rain falling at a rate of 3 to 4 inches per hour, the Weather Service said.

At 4:28 p.m., radar showed moderate rain over most of the island of Kauai with pockets of rain moving over the island from the west.

 A landslide was reported in Lumahai along Kuhio Highway. Kauai police were redirecting vehicular traffic as state road crews work to clear the area. 

High stream flow over the road crossing along Manoa and Limahuli streams temporarily closed the roadway to Kee Beach this afternoon. The water has since receded and police have reopened the roadway. 

Lightning strikes on Kauai forced the closure of the Kekaha Landfill, county officials said.

The landfill was to be closed until further notice.

For up-to-date information, county officials recommended calling the landfill at 337-1416.

The Kauai Police Department also reported power outages in various areas of Kapaa. 

The flash flood warning ended at 7:45 p.m., but a watch remains in effect.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Oahu as the storm pelted the island with rain. There were reports of fallen trees in Waipahu and Wahiawa and near Turtle Bay.

Kaukonahua Road was closed for about 50 minutes tonight after crews removed a tree from the roadway.

Forecasters say the front should weaken as it moves over Maui and the Big Island tomorrow.

Partly sunny skies with the chance of scattered showers is predicted for Oahu this afternoon, with heavy rain and possibly thundershowers tonight. Light southwest winds this afternoon will shift to breezy north winds tonight with gusts of up to 26 mph.

Isolated showers may remain on Oahu tomorrow morning and then skies should clear and become mostly sunny by the afternoon.

Maui can expect isolated showers this afternoon and the possibility of thunder showers after midnight.

The Big Island may get showers and thunderstorms after midnight. The chance of showers and thunder showers will continue tomorrow, the weather service said.


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