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Lingering storm system continues to bring drenching rains to the state

Published: Mar. 18, 2020 at 10:18 AM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A severe storm system continues to bring drenching rains to parts of the state on Wednesday as a system lingers nearby.

A flash flood watch has now been extended through Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

A severe thunderstorm watch has also been issued for Kauai until 2 p.m., meaning “damaging” winds and “destructive” hail is possible.

Kauai County officials urged visitors or anyone who does not live north of Hanalei to leave the area due to the possibility of road closures caused by flooding.

This comes after the storm dealt a blow to both Kauai and Oahu on Tuesday, triggering severe flooding in multiple areas.

On Oahu, heavy rain and flooding prompted city officials to close the Honolulu Zoo for the day. The rain also flooded a stretch of the H-1 Freeway in Pearl City, creating what looked like a river.

On the Garden Isle, at least 12 inches of rain fell in Hanalei. Crews on Kauai needed two excavators to remove a large tree at the Wailua Bridge.

Two waterspouts off Kauai also made landfall, triggering rare tornado warnings.

The last time the weather service issued a tornado warning in Hawaii was in December 2008, when a tornado caused damage near Hanapepe, according to NWS meteorologist Kevin Kodama.

This story will be updated.

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