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UPDATE: Heavy Rains Prompt Flash Flood Warning Extension

Updated at 3:59 p.m.

The National Weather Service has once again extended the Flash Flood Warning for Maui Island through 6:45 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or will develop quickly. This warning may be extended if flash flooding persists.

A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect until late this evening.

At 3:42 p.m., radar indicated widespread heavy rain increasing in coverage over most areas of Maui, with rainfall rates over 2 inches per hour occurring with the heaviest showers.

Flash flooding is already occurring, with numerous road closures reported by the Maui Police Department.  Ponding water and debris are on many roadways.  If possible, avoid travel until rainfall and water levels recede.

Updated at 2:10 p.m.

The National Weather Service has once again extended the Flash Flood Warning for Maui Island through 5 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or will develop quickly. This warning may be extended if flash flooding persists.

NWS reports that a flash flood watch remains in effect until this evening for all of Maui County.

At 1:50 p.m., radar indicated moderate to heavy rain over all of west Maui, from Wailuku to Honokohau to Lahaina.

While rainfall has temporarily eased over many areas in windward east Maui, heavy showers are just offshore, and are poised to move ashore between Kahului and Pauwela in the next hour.

Numerous road closures are reported by Maui Police due to flooding, with ponding water and debris on many roadways.  If possible, avoid travel until rainfall and water levels recede.

Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Kahului, Honokohau, Kahakuloa, Haliimaile, Lahaina, Paia, Makawao, Wailuku, Waihee, Kula, Pukalani, and Napili-Honokowai.  .

Updated at 11:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Maui through 2 p.m. and a Flash Flood Watch for the entire county through late tonight.

At 10: 35 a.m., radar indicated heavy rain over all of windward Maui, from Kahakuloa to Kahului to Huelo to Hamoa. Maui Police reports road closures in many areas due to flooding, land slides, and water covering the roadway.

Rain was falling at a rate of 2 inches per hour in the heaviest showers, and some areas have already received over 6 inches of rain today. If possible, avoid travel until rainfall and water levels recede.

Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Haliimaile, Paia, Makawao, Pauwela, Huelo, Kahului, Wailuku, Waihee, Kula, Keanae, Hana, Nahiku, Makawao, and Pukalani.

Click here for a full list of road closures.

Power has been restored in Wailuku and Waikapu.

Original story published at 5:24 a.m.

At 7:54 a.m., radar indicated heavy rain over the windward slopes of Haleakala, affecting the area from Huelo to Hana to Kipahulu. Rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour were occurring with the heaviest showers.

Hana Highway is closed in both directions near Twin Falls due to a landslide. Additional slow-moving heavy showers were developing over windward west Maui, between Kahakuloa and Waiehu.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flash Flood Warning for The island of Maui in Maui County until 11 a.m.

Locations in this warning include but are not limited to: Haliimaile, Paia, Makawao, Pauwela, Huelo, Wailuku, Waihee, Kula, Keanae, Nahiku, Makawao, Pukalani.

A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads, and low lying areas. Move to higher ground now.

Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown.

This warning may be extended if flash flooding persists.

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