Heavy rains make a mess of morning commute for Windward drivers

Published: Aug. 28, 2018 at 9:35 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 at 11:52 AM HST
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Raging floodwaters forced crews to shut down the Honolulu-bound direction of the Likelike...
Raging floodwaters forced crews to shut down the Honolulu-bound direction of the Likelike Highway on Tuesday (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Heavy rains prompted a traffic nightmare for Windward Oahu drivers on Tuesday morning, after several landslides forced the closure of Likelike Highway.

All Honolulu-bound lanes of the Likelike were closed from early Tuesday through about 9:30 a.m.

That send drivers to Pali Highway and the H-3, lengthening a commute that typically takes 30 minutes to more than an hour.

Forecasters said the rains overnight into Tuesday were thanks to moisture from Lane, which is now a tropical depression far from the state.

A flash flood warning was in effect for parts of Oahu earlier in the morning, but it expired around 7:15 a.m.

However, a flash flood watch remains in effect for the entire state until Tuesday evening, meaning flash flooding could happen at any time.

Elsewhere on Oahu, the heavy rains caused other headaches.

Around 5:20 a.m., police shut down said the westbound direction of Kamehameha Highway at Middle Street after the Kalihi Stream started overflowing. Lanes have since been reopened.

Also, crews responded to the H-1 Freeway eastbound at Puuloa early Tuesday to clear a small landslide.

This story will be updated.

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