Flash Flood Watch posted for Maui County as winter storm moves in

A nearby upper level low and deep moisture will continue to cause areas of heavy showers and thunderstorms. This general pattern will continue for the next several days. The flash flood threat will spread to the smaller islands later today and will persist through the weekend.

At 8:50 a.m. radar indicated heavy rain and thunderstorms moving over windward East Maui, with heavy showers also falling over windward portions of the West Maui mountains. This heavy rain will also spread to leeward areas, with water levels in all streams expected to increase. Rainfall rates in excess of two inches per hour are expected in the heavier showers. Recent trade wind showers have saturated the ground in windward areas, increasing the potential for landslides.

The National Weather Service has ISSUED a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for MAUI COUNTY, in effect through Sunday afternoon.
AND a FLOOD ADVISORY for MAUI ISLAND in effect until 5:45pm.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Rainfall rates from heavier downpours and thunderstorms could cause streams to quickly overflow their banks, leading to flash flooding.

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