Residents advised to prepare for possible floods, heavy rains from Ela

Residents advised to prepare for possible floods, heavy rains from Ela

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - National Weather Service officials say they are closely monitoring the path of Post-Tropical Cyclone Ela as it is expected to pass north of the islands over the weekend. While there are currently no coastal or flood advisories, watches or warnings in effect right now, that could change.

Officials say Ela has the potential to bring torrential rains and flash floods to the Hawaiian islands but possibly not as bad as Tropical Storm Wali did when it hit the islands last July, leaving behind record rainfall numbers of 13 inches with 5 to 6 inches reportedly falling on Oahu alone.

Residents are advised to be prepared to change their plans over the weekend if the state or city should close parks, camping or hiking areas due to heavy rainfall or flooding.

Property owners are advised to check their surrounding area for debris and streams that could be clogged and increase flood damage. Report any concerns to the city and state.

Residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas should be prepared for the potential heavy rains and to take precautions to avoid damage to personal items and possible evacuation.

Drivers should be prepared for possible dangerous road conditions or weather-related road closures, such as Kamehameha Highway near the Waikane Stream that typically rises quickly and floods the roadway. Last year, eight vehicles got stuck and flooded out near the stream during heavy rains from Wali.

NWS officials say that light winds expected this weekend could allow the moisture to hover for longer periods over mountainous areas and increase the "dumping effect" of the rainfall which could lead to more flash flooding.

Heavy rains, thunderstorms and winds can play a role in downed trees and power lines and therefore power outages. Emergency preparedness officials recommend residents have their emergency disaster kits and supplies ready to go in the event they should need them during the ongoing Hurricane Season.

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