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Bad weather halts flights

December 6, 2012
The Associated Press

LIHUE (AP) - About 200 passengers were stranded on Kauai when severe weather forced Hawaiian Airlines to cancel three flights.

Hawaii News Now said Tuesday's cancellations at Lihue Airport were because of severe weather, which included almost 3 inches of rain falling in Lihue over a 24-hour period.

Two of the flights were from Honolulu and one was from Maui. The flights took off but were prevented from landing in Lihue because of a thunderstorm. The flights were rerouted to Oahu, where Hawaiian Airlines provided hotel rooms to those who did not live on the island.

Kauai County officials say the rain also caused a temporary lane closure on Kapule Highway, power outages and ponding in some areas. Residents on Wednesday were encouraged to conserve water on the island's west side.



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