Severe Flooding In Parts of Hawaii Today

Dominique Fortune

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Dangerous weather conditions are forecast to impact the island of Oahu in Honolulu County according to the Weather Channel.

A flash flood warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon. The rain system is indicated to produce 1 to 3 inches of rain per hour.

Flood watch in effect until 6 pm HST. 90% chance of rain with scattered thunderstorms throughout the day with winds moving East at 15 mph.

Flood Advisory

The Department of Emergency Management has reported flooding in Honolulu near the intersection of Dillingham Boulevard and Alakawa Street.

Flooding is probable on Kamehameha Highway near the Waikane Stream Bridge.

There will be excessive flooding as a result of the heavy rainfall that will flow into drainage ditches, streets, highways, properties, and other low grounds.

If at all possible avoid streams, drainage ditches, rivers, and culverts even if they currently appear to be dry.

If you spot rising waters on pavement, do not cross them on foot or in your vehicle. Turn around, and find another route.

Hazard...Flash flooding is caused by heavy rain.

Where… Kauai, Oahu, Molokia, Niihau, Lanai, Maui, Kahoolawe, and the Big Island

Impact…The excess rainfall may cause catastrophic flooding in areas that don’t usually flood. Trees may uproot leaving debris in the roads, clogged bridges. Landslides are expected. Public road closures and power outages are possible in some areas.

It is expected that parts of Hawaii to receive an additional 5 to 10 inches by 6 pm today.

Small Craft Advisory…unsafe conditions in small crafts. Inexperienced mariners in smaller vessels should avoid navigating until the warnings have been lifted.

Coastal Flooding Advisory…beaches that are normally dry may experience flooding. Advisory exists in the following areas: Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, and Big Island.

What to do…if you are experiencing heavy rain and rising waters, get to higher ground immediately to keep yourself and your family safe. Move vehicles, electronics, and other valuables to higher ground if possible. Secure canoes and other watercraft that are stowed on beaches.

This warning exists for the entire island of Oahu.

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Dominique L Fortune is an I/O Psych major and Yoga Teacher who writes women's health, nutrition, lifestyle, yoga, and fitness content aimed at helping women take their lives back from the pain and fear of their past.

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