Unstable weather eases on Kauai, but island could still get heavy rain

Unstable weather eases on Kauai, but island could still get heavy rain

HANALEI, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Flash Flood Warning is no longer in effect for Kauai, but the Garden Isle may experience more heavy rain on Tuesday.

The heavy rain on Monday prompted officials to issue a Brown Water Advisory for Hanalei Bay, along with waters off the Big Island, spanning from Pahoa to Honokaa.

Back on Kauai, Hanalei experienced the brunt of the flooding on Monday.

Officials said one lane of Kuhio Highway, near the Hanalei bridge, has been reopened to alternative traffic. That stretch of highway was closed for much of the day due to high waters.

A downed tree on Kuhio Highway, near Lumahai, has been cleared and roads are back open.

At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, the American Red Cross of Hawaii opened a shelter in Hanalei for residents evacuated from their homes due to flooding. That has since been closed.

Officials have not reported any injuries, but the torrential rain damaged one of the state's largest taro farms. Workers at Hanalei Taro, a sixth-generation family farm, rushed to evacuate tractors and other heavy equipment. But they couldn't stop the taro fields from getting flooded.

Students at Kapaa Middle and High School were also dismissed early on Monday, but the state Department of Education said school is back in session on Tuesday.

Hanalei Elementary School is also open.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative reported multiple outages. Officials said any customers experiencing issues should call (808) 246-8200.

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