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State under flash flood watch, wind advisories

The Maui News

With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, the National Weather Service on Thursday issued a flash flood watch for the state of Hawaii.

A cold front is expected to move over the islands and then stall as a Kona low develops west of Kauai, bringing the threat of an extended period of flooding rain, the weather service said.

More cold weather is expected across the state, with summits on Hawaii island under a winter storm watch, blizzard warning and high wind warning through the weekend. The summit of Haleakala is also under a wind advisory from 6 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Monday, with southwest winds of 35 to 55 mph and localized gusts over 65 mph expected.

Winds this strong can make driving and walking difficult, forcefully open doors and damage hinges or slam doors shut, possibly causing injuries, the weather service warned.

Residents and visitors should consider postponing travel to the summits until conditions improve. If they do travel to the summits, use extra caution walking and driving and be careful opening or closing doors, the weather service said.

Maui County windward waters are also under a small craft advisory from 6 a.m. today through 6 p.m. Sunday, with northwest to north winds of 15 to 25 knots and gusts up to 35 knots, as well as seas of 11 to 16 feet, expected.

The cold and wind comes days after Kahului hit a record-high temperature of 89 degrees on Tuesday, tying the old record set on the same day in 2018.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Health said Thursday that a brown water advisory for the North Shore from Maliko to Waihee and for West Maui from Honolua to Black Rock has been canceled.

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