Heavy Rainfall Prompts Flash Flood Advisory for Maui

At 1:27 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain moving over the Kihei area of Maui. Rain rates as high as 3 to 4 inches per hour have been detected. Additional areas of heavy rainfall will be moving over portions of leeward Maui from Kihei to Kaanapali from the southwest within the next couple of hours. Locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kahului, Honokohau, Kahakuloa, Haliimaile, Paia, Makawao, Wailuku, Keokea, Olowalu, Wailea, Waihee and Kaanapali.

At 1:41 pm, a strong thunderstorm was located near Kihei, or 9 miles southeast of Kahului, moving east at 20 mph. Wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph and nickel size hail are possible with this storm. Locations impacted include Kihei, Wailea, Ulupalakua, Kula, Pukalani, Makawao, Keokea, Makena, Maalaea, Kipahulu and Haleakala National Park.

The National Weather Service has ISSUED a FLOOD ADVISORY for MAUI ISLAND in effect until 4:30 p.m. today.

A Flood Advisory means that nuisance flooding is occurring or imminent. A Flood Advisory may be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning if flooding worsens and poses a threat to life and property.

This advisory may need to be extended if heavy rain persists.

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