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Brown-water advisory up due to heavy rain, stormwater runoff

The state Department of Health issued a brown-water advisory for Maui on Friday afternoon due to heavy rain that led to stormwater runoff entering coastal waters.

The public is advised to stay out of floodwaters and storm water runoff due to possible contaminants from overflowing cesspools, sewers and manholes. The runoff could contain pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals and flood debris.

Not all coastal areas may be impacted by runoff, but if the water is brown stay out, the Health Department said.

In the 24 hours ending 3:45 p.m. Friday, the highest rainfall totals were recorded at Puu Kukui in the West Maui Mountains, 1.21 inches; West Wailuaiki in East Maui, 1.16 inches; 0.85 inch at Hana Airport and 0.7 inch at Kahakuloa, the National Weather Service reported.

The forecast for the central valley calls for a sunny weekend with high temperatures around 84 degrees and low temperatures in the 60s. Easterly winds around 10 mph will shift to the northwest this afternoon. Light winds will continue Sunday.

A high-surf advisory for east-facing shores remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday with large breaking waves building to 10 to 14 feet today.

At 3 p.m. Friday, Baldwin Beach on the northern coast reported outer waves of 10 to 12 feet, the weather service said. Hookipa, farther east, was not reporting. D.T. Fleming in Kapalua reported waves of 4 to 6 feet.

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