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Rainy day helps drought conditions

Flooding on Nimitz Highway in Honolulu Tuesday morning Flooding on Nimitz Highway in Honolulu Tuesday morning
Kevin Kodama Kevin Kodama
Koko Marina shopping center in Hawaii Kai Koko Marina shopping center in Hawaii Kai

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's drought outlook got a healthy boost Tuesday from the cold front.

But National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Kodama says it was only a small boost to help cure the state's drier than normal conditions.

Flood advisories were in effect most of Tuesday across the islands. All morning, areas from Waipahu, to Pearl City, Mililani as well as Kaneohe and Kailua were socked by heavy showers.

Kodama says the rain did help Maui County and may provide some relief for the state's worst drought spot, which is the island of Hawaii.

But as is usual in El Nino years, he says the rainfall is not consistent enough to combat the months of dryness.

"As with any system coming through if you're having drier than normal conditions any bit of rain helps, especially in Maui County, Molokai, they've been very dry, extreme drought conditions, especially in the west, they had a nice band of rain go through this afternoon," Kodama said

Kodama says this front helped keep things from getting worse in the Hoolehua area on Molokai. The reservoir levels there are extremely low.

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