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Rains, vog, humidity continue as Jimena moves north of Hawaii

    A bicyclist rides in the rain along Kamehameha Highway in Waikane Monday morning.
    A surfer wipes out on a wave at Makapuu Monday. A high surf warning is in effect for east shores.
    A high surf warning is in effect for east shores of all islands. In this photo taken Monday, a surfer catches a large wave at Makapuu.
    This graphic from shows some the the expected effects of Tropical Storm Jimena as it passes north of the Hawaiian islands.
    Rains fell over Kaimuki Monday morning, making for wet road conditions.
    This satellite image released Monday by NASA shows Tropical Storm Jimena northeast of Hawaii.

Muggy weather, vog, overcast skies, scattered showers over Honolulu and high surf on east and south shores is continuing as Tropical Storm Jimena cuts off the tradewinds and brings moisture over the islands from the south.

“The current light wind regime is expected to prevail until the middle of the work week as tropical storm Jimena moves to the north of the islands. Sea breezes will continue to bring afternoon and early evening showers each day,” the National Weather Service said Monday morning.

“(The) latest forecast from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu was showing Jimena, or its remnants, moving west and reaching the closest point to the main Hawaiian islands around Thursday afternoon. This may bring a return to deep tropical moisture, a more southerly flow and unstable conditions across the islands. Therefore, there could be another round of heavy rain during the second half of the work week and into the upcoming weekend.,” forecasters said.

At 11 a.m. Monday, Jimena was about 485 miles northeast of Honolulu moving west at 8 mph.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The tropical storm force winds extend up to 220 miles from the center.

A high surf advisory for south- and east-facing shores of all islands is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday. A high surf warning, because of waves generated by Jimena, was canceled Monday afternoon. 

Surf along east-facing shores is expected to grow to 8 to 12 feet overnight Monday and decrease to 5 to 8 feet on Tuesday.

On south shores, 5- to 8-foot surf should decline to 5 to 7 feet Tuesday.

North shores are seeing smaller waves from Jimena and former Tropical Storm Ignacio. Three- to 5-foot wave faces should rise to 4 to 6 feet Tuesday on north shores.

A small west swell generated by Typhoon Kilo continues on west shores, which are seeing 2- to 4- foot waves.

The National Weather Service predicts more rain, some possibly heavy, but there were no flood advisories in effect Monday afternoon.

At around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police closed Kamehameha Highway between Waiahole Valley Road and Waikane Store due to the overflowing stream. Traffic was turned around in both directions.

Police reopened the portion of the highway around midnight.

Branches and other debris were still wedged between metal guardrails at Waikane Bridge Monday morning.

Nearby resident Samuel Pacyau said his family is used to flooding on their property every time Waikane Stream overflows.

Aside from mud and debris that washed over property grounds, their family home was intact and mud-free Monday.

Pacyau said their concerns are focused more on the hundreds of motorists forced to drive around the island when a section of Kamehameha Highway shuts down in Waikane. There are hundreds of families that have to go the other way, said Pacyau.

He called on officials to address the constant overflows. “Fix what’s causing this thing to keep flooding,” he urged.

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