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Heavy Rains Soak Windward and North Shore Oahu

Heavy rain sends a torrent of water down a hillside in Punalu'u. Heavy rain sends a torrent of water down a hillside in Punalu'u.
Storm showers slow traffic near Kahuku. Storm showers slow traffic near Kahuku.
Kahuku High School flooded Wednesday Kahuku High School flooded Wednesday

(KHNL)  Heavy rains soaked parts of Oahu, from Haleiwa to Waiahole.

Local homeowners felt the effects of the storm. Rushing water cascaded down a hillside in Punaluu, and rising waters quickly spelled flood conditions in Kahuku.

"It's an inconvenience because the rain water was high, I thought my boat was going to float away so I didn't go to work, just trying to unclog the drain," said a resident near Kualoa Ranch.

At least two homes in Kaaawa were flooded.  Fire crews were called ot help the homeowners.

The wet weather was also too much for Kahuku High and Intermediate school, which closed after reports of flooding.

"And we sandbagged by the locker room because we were afraid of the water coming into the locker rooms, the main quad area of the campus was ankle deep in water," said Doug Semones, vice principal.

Kahuku High and Intermediate School, along with Kaaawa Elementary School, will be closed once again on Thursday because of flooding. 

Drivers felt the brunt of the storm. The heavy rains washed out parts of the highway.  Even so, some drivers ignored the dangerous conditions.

"They don't realize what that water can do, they hit it at a high rate of speed, it's either going to flood them out or they're going to airplane," said Joe Kugler, a volunteer with Oahu Civil Defense.

This storm even put a big damper on some Hawaiian vacations.

"It's been about 13 days, it's rained everyday, we're in Maui, it rained everyday, we're in the Big Island, it rained everyday," said tourist Robert Wolter.

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