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Thunderstorms persist - flooding and rockslide problems multiply

By Dan Cooke - bio | email and Howard Dicus - bio | email

ACROSS HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Punishing thunderstorms poured rain over the Hawaiian Islands Thursday morning. The National Weather Service extended a flash flood warning for Oahu. A rockslide closed a key Maui road for the second time in two days.

The National Weather Service saw rain gradually tapering off on the leeward side of Oahu early Thursday morning, but not before creating brownwater conditions in Maili Stream. Forecasters cautioned other manholes could be overflowing underneath large areas of ponding.

Oahu's Department of Emergency Management reported several road closures due to flooding and debris on roadways...including Kaukonahua Road and Weed Circle on the North Shore and Farrington Highway in Nanakuli.

For the second time in two days, a rockslide closed the only highway to West Maui, which circles around the south side at the bottom of a cliff. This time one of the rocks that fell onto the road was four feet across.

County spokesman Rod Antone urged residents not to try the unpaved cliffside road around the north side of West Maui. "It's just not built for a large volume of traffic," Antone said.

South Kihei Road was flooded with two to three feet of water. "There's a river of water running down it, 20 mph at least," said resident Kevin Olson.

The American Red Cross readied a shelter at Waialua District Park on Oahu's North Shore Wednesday night as Halemanu Reservoir water levels rose.

Kamehameha Hwy. was closed in both directions at the Waikane Bridge because of flooding. Several cars stalled in the water.

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