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Heavy rain comes down on Oahu

Francine Paaluhi Francine Paaluhi
Bao Ngyuen Bao Ngyuen
Shannon Linton Shannon Linton

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Wet weather forced many people to stay indoors Saturday, but it didn't spoil everyone's weekend plans.

Forecasters were predicting bad weather for this weekend, but it didn't put a damper on some residents who made special plans for outdoor activities and tourists who came out hoping to bag some rays during their visit to the islands.

The rainy periods were off and on during the day but when it came down, it made driving dangerous. On Nimitz Highway, cars were almost hydroplaning in water about a foot deep.

On the Leeward Side of Oahu, rain caused these rocks to crumble to the road near Yokohama Bay.

But these showers didn't stop Francine Paalihi from throwing a baby shower for her niece.

"It's not too bad, I mean we've been through a lot of weather before like this and you know, we've still celebrated the event that we've planned for," said Paalihi.

In Kaimuki this utility pole had to be secured down in the mud after it was hit by a car early this morning, and on the Pali Highway drivers had to be extra careful on the slick roads. With all these road hazards, some people decided that it was time to stop and shop.

"It's rainy and wet so there's not a whole lot of things you can do but go shopping," said Shopper Bao Ngyuen.

Even shoppers had to exercise caution in this weather. Shannon Linton is visiting from Canada, hoping to spend more time at the beach and less cash at the malls for the remainder of her trip.

"Big time, this is our element so, yeah, we've got to back now because we're spending too much money," said Linton.

So, while the rain might flood the roads for a while, it could also help pour money into Hawaii's struggling economy.

Although the rain was heavy at times it didn't cause any major road closures.

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