Maui, Big Island dry out after days of wet weather

Published: Dec. 20, 2017 at 10:29 AM HST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2017 at 4:03 PM HST
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MAUI COUNTY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Torrential rains caused widespread flooding on Maui and the Big Island, but the drenching showers had moved on by Friday afternoon.

"It was pounding rain," said Maui resident Shayna Manlapao. "There was flooding, trees, falling rocks. It was crazy."

The rains led to closures of the Central Maui landfill, Waiehu Golf Course, and Kanaha Park. Bus service was also suspended along Dairy Road and Kamehameha Avenue due to flooding.

Roadways closed included Ulaino Road and Waikoloa roads in Hana, Dairy Road at Hana Highway, and Puunene Avenue.

Meanwhile, flooding made Kahekili Highway near mile marker 7 impassable.

And visitors were urged to refrain from traveling to Hana until the heavy rains abated.

The Maui Electric Company said power was knocked about to about 3,000 customers in Wailuku and Waikapu about 10 a.m. after a tree branch fell on power lines. The power was restored about two hours later.

According to the National Weather Service, the rain gauge at Kahului Airport reported nearly 2.65 inches of rainfall over a 1-hour period earlier Wednesday. For the day, a record 5.78 inches of rain fell at Kahului, breaking the old record of 3.21 inches set in 1955.

Elsewhere on the Valley Isle, 8.01 inches of rain fell at Wailuku in the 24-hour period that ended at 8 p.m. Wednesday. West Wailuaiki recorded 6.78 inches during the time period, 6.21 inches fell at Haiku, 4.72 at Hana Airport, 4.54 inches at Puu Kukui in the West Maui mountains, 4.45 inches at the Waikapu Country Club, and 4.27 inches at Mahinahina.

Thunderstorms fired up over Maui and the Big Island all afternoon. At about 4:20 p.m., radar showed heavy rains over the South Kona and Kau districts.

The unstable weather has also created some wintry conditions for Big Island summits. A Winter Storm Warning has been posted for those areas.

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This story will be updated.

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