The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the County of Maui until 9:30 PM or later. This watch includes the County of Maui (Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe).
At 6:35 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain over central and west Maui. Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Minor flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas can be expected. Locations in the advisory include the island of Maui. Rain fall rate from heavier down pours and thunderstorms could cause streams to abruptly overflow and lead to flash flooding for low lying areas, stream mouths, and shoreline discharge flow lines.
Take all necessary precautions as flash floods happen with little to no warning. Continue to monitor your local news stations for weather updates and have a reliable way to get warnings for your location. Be prepared to take immediate action should the watch be upgraded to a Warning.
State Civil Defense strongly advises hikers, campers, and beach goers to reschedule their outings to a time when weather conditions improve and become more favorable. If in doubt, don’t go out.
Flash flooding can also cause a Brown Water Advisory at local beaches and streams due to possible contamination in the water from flash flooding. Bio hazardous materials such as: Chemicals, fecal matter, natural and man made debris can impact your health and well being. Please listen to your ocean safety officers, park rangers, and law enforcement officers advisories to stay out for your own safety due to the flash flooding.
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