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Weather system brings waterspout, hail, heavy rain

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Waterspout off Big Beach, Maui | Courtesy Denise Nelson Waterspout off Big Beach, Maui | Courtesy Denise Nelson
Tom Birchard Tom Birchard
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A strong upper level disturbance combined with a surface trough brought heavy rain to several areas of the state, along with a waterspout off Maui and hail on Oahu.

The waterspout was seen at about 2:20 p.m. off Big Beach at Makena. 

The Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii remain under a Flash Flood Watch until 6 p.m. Sunday. 

Residents around Waikele reported small hail around midday Saturday. 

The unsettled weather began on Friday, when funnel clouds were spotted off Lanai's Palawai Basin and the Tantalus area of Oahu.

"It looks like the peak of the event, so to speak, would be overnight (Friday), or during the day on Saturday," said Tom Birchard, a weather service lead forecaster.

The weather system also brought heavy showers on Oahu, with some spots getting rainfall at a rate of two inches per hour. Driving was made hazardous on Kalanianaole Highway as a downpour hit the area near Waimanalo. Kalihi Stream also was swollen with floodwaters after heavy rain passed from Central Oahu toward urban Honolulu during the afternoon.

The severe weather is expected to continue into most of Saturday, with the possibility of scattered thunderstorms and heavy rain, and the possibility of hail.

"It's not like we're looking for widespread thunderstorms. But there could be some localized intense thunderstorm cells that pop up," said Birchard. 

Winds are expected to remain rather light, but gusty winds could accompany some of the more intense thunderstorms.

The lower level moisture is forecast to weaken and move southeast and away from the state by Sunday. The upper disturbance should weaken, but may remain near the state and enhance trade wind showers for the beginning of next week.

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