Heavy overnight rains on Kauai continued for much of the morning, cutting off access to areas west of Princeville on the north coast and extending a flash flood warning.
The Honolulu National Weather Service said the warning now covers the entire island until 10:45 a.m.
At 7:25 a.m., the radar showed that the size of the heavy rain zone had decreased, but that some areas continued to receive rainfall of 2 to 3 inches per hour, even in the upper Kapaa area. and Wailua areas of eastern Kauai.
Kapaa Stream and Anahola Stream were off their banks and ran high.
Rain gauges on Garden Island showed that 27.13 inches of rain fell on Hanalei in the 24-hour period that ended at 7 am Sunday. Wainiha recorded 18.38 inches, while Mount Waialeale had 13.22 inches of rain. The Princeville airport was 9.71 inches, with 6.28 inches falling between 3 am and 7 am
In an alert, the meteorological service used capital letters when it described the flood as "A VERY DANGEROUS AND THREATENING EVENT FOR LIFE. UNNECESSARY TRAVEL ESPECIALLY TO AREAS NORTH OF LIHUE. "
Heavy rain closed several roads and damaged houses, especially on the north coast.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter for stranded people in Hanalei.
A flash flood has spread until 6 p. m. Sunday for the main Hawaiian islands as a disturbance of higher level near the islands is combined with abundant moisture in the strong trade winds.
The lower upper level is just west of Kauai and will maintain unstable conditions over the state, while improving moisture movements from the southeast, resulting in a continuing threat of heavy downpours and thunderstorms during Saturday night. to Sunday.
The trade winds will maintain the most intense rains concentrated in the windward and mauka areas of the smaller islands, but the trade winds will be strong enough to push some of those rains to leeward.
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