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Flood Advisory expires for Maui

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The National Weather Service has let a Flood Advisory for Maui expire.

At 3:58 p.m radar indicated that heavy rains diminished, although minor ponding of water may continue in poor drainage and low lying areas through late this afternoon.

Maui County Civil Defense earlier Tuesday reported ponding of water on roadways in and around Kahului.  Storm waters also affected the Maui Bus operations out of Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center.

Maui County Public Works employees spent the afternoon clearing storm drains and drainage canals. So far no roads have been closed, but motorists are urged to exercise caution.

“It's probably too much to hope that people will stay home when holiday shopping is in full swing right now, but please be careful when driving if you have to be out there,” said Managing Director Keith Regan. “Try to avoid flooded intersections and take alternate routes if you can.”

Those planning on catching the Maui Bus are asked to find alternate means of transportation until the high water issues are resolved. Bus drivers are avoiding the Queen Kaahumanu Center and are driving on to their next stops when they can, but some buses are unable to leave the shopping center because of the flooding.

Additionally, Wailuku residents are advised that the siren that went off at 1 p.m. today was a malfunction.

Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Kanaha Beach Park, Waihee, Waiehu, Napili, Kapalua. Kahakuloa, Honolua and Honokohau. 

A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for Maui County until 6 pm Wednesday. This advisory may need to be extended beyond 5:45 pm if Heavy Rain persists.

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