Remnants of storm bring heavy rains, high seas
The Maui News
The National Weather Service warned of potential flash flooding in Maui County, as heavy rains are expected throughout the state until late today as remnants of what was once Tropical Cyclone Linda pass the islands.
The Maui Emergency Management Agency advised the public to prepare for flooding or other emergencies by creating or updating emergency kits, having an emergency plan for themselves and their family and setting up a way to receive news and information from credible sources, including alerts from MEMA’s Maka’ala alert system.
“MEMA is continuing to monitor the situation and stands ready to activate the Emergency Operations Center should the NWS upgrade the flash flood watch to a flash flood warning,” MEMA administrator Herman Andaya said in a news release.
MEMA sent out an alert Friday to inform the public of the impending flash flood watch. To receive alerts, register online at www. mauicounty.gov/emergency.
Officials ask the public to continue to monitor the weather forecast and be prepared to take immediate action if and when flash flood watches or warnings are issued.
Campers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts should reschedule their outings to a time when weather is expected to be more favorable.
“It does not have to be raining heavily where you are for flash flooding to occur,” according to the county’s news release. “Do not cross fast-flowing or rising water on foot, or in a vehicle. Turn around, don’t drown.”
All of Maui County remains under a wind advisory until 6 a.m. today, with northerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with localized gusts over 50 mph expected, according to the weather service, which also issued a small craft advisory through Sunday night and a gale warning through 6 p.m. tonight, with east winds of 20 to 35 knots and seas of 10 to 15 feet predicted for Maui County’s windward waters.
Some parts of the county are also under a high surf advisory until 6 p.m. tonight. Waves of 7 to 10 feet were expected to rise to 8 to 12 feet through today along east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the MEMA website at mauicounty.gov/emergency.