Flash-flood watch in effect for county

Maui County is under a flash-flood watch from 6 a.m. today through 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

The watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Heavy showers associated with an upper trough and cold front moving down the island chain could result in flash flooding through Tuesday, according to the weather service. Heavy rain could become widespread and cause streams to quickly overflow, leading to life-threatening flash flooding.

Residents and visitors are reminded that it does not have to be raining heavily in a location for flash flooding to occur. Campers and hikers are urged to consider rescheduling their outings.

The Maui County Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the situation. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather services are available online at weather.gov/hawaii and broadcasts can be heard by calling, toll-free, (866) 944-5025.