Thunderstorms bring heavy rain, lightning to east end of state

Thunderstorms bring heavy rain, lightning to east end of state
Radar shows a thunderstorm approaching Maui. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - An upper level disturbance combined with a dissipating front brought lightning and heavy rain to parts of Maui and the Big Island Saturday evening.

East Maui and the Kona area were under flood advisories as rainfall rates hit one to two inches per hour.

The West Wailuaiki rain gage along the windward east Maui coastline picked up nearly two inches of rain in the six-hour period that ended at 9 p.m. Saturday, while Maalaea Bay and Puu Kukui in the West Maui mountains picked up nearly 1.4 inches of rainfall during the same time period.

In west Hawaii, the rain gauge at Kaloko-Honokohau got more than eight-tenths of an inch.

The advisories were canceled as the disturbance moved southward and away from Maui, but there were still some thunderstorms that were possible for the Big Island overnight.

Light to moderate trade winds are expected to return Sunday into Monday, with more typical windward and mountain showers.

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