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Downpour drenches upcountry Maui

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"I haven't seen it this bad in 30 years" said this man "I haven't seen it this bad in 30 years" said this man

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

MAUI (KHNL) - Residents say upcountry Maui hasn't seen a downpour like this in decades. They're under a flash flood watch until late Wednesday night.

In Wailea and Kihei it was beach weather but across Haleakala towards upcountry were billowing black clouds.

They saw drops of rain so big you're soaked worse than a shower. The up country's strong isolated showers make seeing just feet in front of drivers a serious struggle.

"I haven't seen it this bad in 30 years," said a Maui resident.

At 2,800 feet in elevation, recent drought has crippled agriculture. Two years ago, the area was under a mandatory 10% water restriction.

"I got to get back to my farm," said a Maui resident.

For farmers here, Felicia's fierce rain may be a blessing in disguise.

The area of Ulupalakua registered the most in 12 hours at nearly three inches.

Some streets are swamped with muddy water as flash flood warnings become the focal point of safety. But, drenched roads are a small consolation for upcountry Maui farmers dependent on the crucial rain.

Maui county residents are asked to remain on alert for any possible flooding. That means don't even attempt to cross flooded roads or streams on foot or in your car. You just never know how deep and dangerous the water could be.