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Maui County under flash flood watch

Maui County is under a flash flood watch through this afternoon, according to the Maui Emergency Management Agency.

Deep moisture with an unstable east-to-southeast flow will produce a threat for flash flooding. While the primary concern will be over windward slopes, all areas of the state may experience flash flooding.

Flood-prone roads and other low-lying areas may be closed due to elevated runoff and overflowing streams, the notice said. Urban areas may receive more significant flooding and property damage due to rapid runoff.

Residents should be prepared to take action if a flash flood warning is issued. If they notice heavy rain or rising waters, they should head to higher ground immediately.

The notice also warned against crossing fast-flowing water by vehicle or foot.

A high-surf advisory is also in effect until 6 p.m. today due to strong trade winds and large seas. Waves of 7 to 10 feet are expected along east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai, according to the National Weather Service.

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