Rain to go away; wind to stay

The showers Maui County has been seeing will decrease today, although the southerly winds will still stick around keeping things humid and sticky until Friday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Tuesday afternoon.

There will be more sunny skies for the rest of the week with trade winds coming back lightly and for a brief time Friday, meteorologist Derek Wroe said.

“They are not going to last very long or be impressive, (so) don’t get your hopes up,” Wroe said of the trade winds.

Today, the National Weather Service is cautioning beachgoers with a high-surf advisory for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

A larger swell is due Thursday and is expected to produce surf well in excess of high-surf warning levels through Friday, with another large pulse of a northwest swell due during the weekend, forecasters said.

While today will be drier than the first part of the week, Maui County on Tuesday saw periods of showers and lightning.

It included a lightning strike in Maunaloa, Molokai, that blew out two lightning arrestors on a transformer shortly after midnight, said Maui Electric Co. spokeswoman Kau’i Awai-Dickson.

About 632 customers on the island’s west end lost power. Power was restored to 566 customers by 5:25 a.m. and to the remaining residents at 7:15 a.m.

Then, at 11:47 a.m., 1,462 customers on the island’s east end were blacked out, Awai-Dickson said. Their power was restored at 1:16 p.m.

The cause of the second outage remained under investigation.

Molokai saw the most rain in the county in a 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

At the Puu Alii gauge in east Molokai, 1.40 inches of rain fell. The Molokai 1 gauge north of Kawela showed 1.36 inches, according to weather service data.

On Maui, the highest rain totals for the same period were Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains with 1.18 inches and 0.41 inches at Lahainaluna. A Lanai rain gauge reported 0.87 inches.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at mtanji@mauinews.com.