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Thunderstorms Soak Islands

H-1 Middle Street off-ramp H-1 Middle Street off-ramp
Hanalei, Kauai Hanalei, Kauai
Hanalei, Kauai Hanalei, Kauai
Hanalei, Kauai Hanalei, Kauai
Hanalei, Kauai Hanalei, Kauai

(KHNL) After days of rain many on Oahu heard more than just the sounds of the downpours, they also heard the earth shaking sounds of severe weather that is rarely heard here in the islands.

It was a dangerous show in the skies over Oahu as thunderstorms moved in. Along with the heart pounding crash of thunder and brilliant flashes of white, gusty wind and heavy rain also hit.

The runoff from all the rain and showers created even more problems. Drivers on the H-1 freeway looked more like divers at this offramp because of this pileup of water, just one of the hazards from this storm event that has lastest for days across Oahu.

Earlier, some windward spots were hit with more showers after already being soaked with over a half a foot of rain. That led to flooding on streets and debris piling up along streams and bridges in places like Kahaluu.

While the rainfall totals have been impressive, for many windward residents the winter showers are anything but shocking.

"It's nice and wet, somebody forgot to turn off the water!"

And the water kept coming Tuesday night. While the skies lit up, they also opened up. Heavy showers turned things into a harrowing evening for the driver of a car in Mapunapuna who stranded it in the middle of a flooded street.

Not everyone experienced the intensity of these downpours from this severe weather but as the thunderstorms moved in many could at least see some of this spectacular stormy show. The heavy rains have also caused minor mudslides and shut down a flooded H-1 freeway offramp.

There have also been Oahu families evacuated because of flooding in their homes. Oahu wasn't the only island to see the heavy downpours. Kauai got hit hard by heavy rains Tuesday, forcing the closure of several roads and Hanalei Elementary School. Conditions have since improved and that allowed Kauai police to reopen Hanalei bridge tonight.

The heavy rain created a spectacular sight as waterfalls could be seen along the mountain range. But the usually picturesque taro fields of Hanalei could not be seen on this day because they were underwater.

Rising waters turned streets into streams and forced Kauai police to shut down Hanalei bridge. The excessive rain also made driving a safety hazard. Drivers had to deal with ponding on the roads and minor flooding. And the run-off swept debris onto the roadways causing the temporary closure of Kalihi bridge. Kauai saw an impressive amount of rain, picking up close to 20 inches in the last 24 hours.

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