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Rain, wind make for wild weekend weather

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Power outages, downed trees and submerged vehicles were all part of the mix as heavy rain and strong winds hit the state.

It was still a bit wet and quite windy as crews worked on a utility pole in Laie that Hawaiian Electric Company said was hit by lightning Saturday night.

Kamehameha Highway was shut down in both directions in Laie for several hours before one lane could be opened. The outage affected 33 customers.

Another downed pole was reported in Haleiwa, where Kamehameha Highway was also closed. The roadway was reopened Sunday afternoon.

The wind and rain was part of an unusual weather system that dumped up to ten inches of rain over parts of Kauai and Oahu over the past 24 hours. The rain was also heavy enough to submerge vehicles in parts of Kahului on Maui.

The rain came, in part, from an old cold front or surface boundary that would normally just increase windward showers.

"At the same time, we had an upper level disturbance pass by and turn those showers into heavy showers and thunderstorms, and that's where we got the heavy rainfall, the flash flooding, the thunderstorms and things like that," said Derek Wroe, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Honolulu.

The flooding also caused storm runoff, especially for parts of Kauai and Windward Oahu, and the ocean water turned brown with dirt and debris. State health officials cautioned against going in.

After the rain came wind, which toppled trees, including some in Mililani and along Likelike Highway near the Wilson Tunnel. It also brought down yet another utility pole in Kaimuki, and tore some shingles off a roof two blocks away.

"We're seeing gusts up in the 40 to 50 mile per hour range, and sustained winds in places like Lihue over 30 mile per hour, and in Lanai City up near 40 miles per hour, so it's blowing pretty good in those places," said Wroe.

The National Weather Service has a Wind Advisory posted for all islands for those strong sustained winds through 6 a.m. Monday.

 

 

24-hour Rainfall Totals Ending at 10 a.m. Sunday (in inches):

Kauai:

  • Mount Waialeale  10.56
  • Kilohana RG  8.62
  • Waialae RG  5.70
  • Wailua Ditch  5.12
  • Waiakoali  4.17
  • Mohihi Crossing  4.03
  • Wailua UH Exp Station  2.99
  • Kalaheo  2.46
  • PH Wainiha  1.95
  • Kapahi  1.80
  • Poipu  1.65
  • Lihue Variety Station  1.55
  • Omao  1.46
  • Hanapepe  1.42

 

Oahu:

  • Tunnel RG  9.84
  • Moanalua  9.05
  • St. Stephens  8.72
  • Manoa Lyon Arboretum  7.87
  • Waihee Pump  7.55
  • Nuuanu Upper  7.45
  • Poamoho RG 1  7.42
  • Wilson Tunnel  7.06
  • Punaluu Stream  6.29
  • Luluku   6.29
  • Olomana Fire Station  6.07
  • Ahuimanu Loop  5.74
  • Waiahole Stream  5.54
  • Kahana Stream  5.31
  • Waimanalo Nonokio  4.99
  • Niu Valley  4.88
  • Palisades  4.48
  • Hakipuu Mauka  3.86
  • Kamananui RG  3.36
  • Bellows AFS  3.30
  • Pupukea Rd RG  3.28
  • Punaluu Pump  3.02
  • Makaha Stream  3.00
  • Poamoho Experimental Farm  2.54
  • Waiawa CF  2.47
  • Moanalua Stream  2.30
  • Kamehame  2.28
  • Mililani  2.11
  • Aloha Tower  2.02
  • Hawaii Kai Golf Course  1.87
  • Waipio Heights  1.68
  • Wheeler AAF  1.52
  • Kahuku  1.22

 

Maui:

  • Kahakuloa  3.85
  • Kahului Airport  3.52
  • Puu Kukui  2.93
  • Pukalani  2.29
  • Haiku  2.03
  • Hana Airport  1.39

 

Big Island:

  • Island Dairy  4.11
  • Honokaa  3.28
  • Kawainui Stream  1.43
  • Upolu Airport  1.32
  • Waiakea Uka  1.29
  • Waiakea Exp Station  1.14

 

Related story: Wind Advisory issued for all islands except Big Island

 

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