Forecast: Heavy rain could soak the state today

Clouds are blanketing the island chain this morning with some isolated areas seeing heavy showers and some lightning strikes. Gauges in East Maui near Kaupo are reporting rainfall rates of 2.5 inches per hour and a Flood Advisory has been posted until 8:30 a.m.

Offshore, radar is showing heavy showers and thunderstorms to the east of the Island of Hawaii and south of Kauai and Oahu. That weather is likely to come ashore at some point today and all islands are under a Flash Flood Watch as a result. Those areas that received heavy rains last weekend are most likely to see flooding due to ground saturation.

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Winds will be easterly 10-15 mph today.

High in Honolulu is expected to be 81 degrees.

The wet and unsettled weather is forecast to continue through much of the weekend. Some improvement is possible late Sunday.

Surf is moderate in size on all shores today. East shores could see advisory-sized surf on Friday. Today's waves will be 8-10 feet north, 5-8 feet west, 4-6 feet east, 1-3 feet south.

Flood Advisory for East Maui until 8:30 a.m.

Flash Flood Watch for all islands through Friday.

Winter Weather Advisory for the Big Island summits. Snow accumulations of 2-5" are expected.

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