Rainy Saturday predicted

Mixed in with heavy rains over much of the island yesterday morning, and clouds in the sky much of the day, the sun still shone brightly over parts of Lihu’e yesterday.

Visitors from O’ahu commented that Kaua’i likely had the mildest weather in the state yesterday.

But that was yesterday.

But National Weather Service forecasters are recommending Kauaians keep their umbrellas handy for today, Saturday, Oct. 1, when heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Depression Kenneth passes over the Hawaiian Islands.

“The remnant of Tropical Depression Kenneth and a low aloft will produce very wet weather over the island through Saturday,” a National Weather Service forecaster said.

“The weather will turn drier Sunday evening as both the lower loft and the remnant of Kenneth both move away to the west,” she said.

A high-surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday, and a flash-flood watch in effect until Sunday afternoon.

Thunderstorms with lots of rainfall are likely today, according to forecasters.

The forecast calls for mostly cloudy weather today, with showers likely Saturday night, she said.

The forecast for Sunday is for partly-cloudy conditions, with scattered showers.

As of yesterday afternoon, Kenneth was moving over Hilo on the Big Island, with maximum sustained winds nearly 30 miles per hour, with some higher gusts, according to forecasters.

The tropical depression dissipated during yesterday afternoon, but moisture from the remnants of the storm spread west over the Hawaiian Islands, and a low aloft created un-stable weather conditions, according to National Weather Service forecasters office on O’ahu.

Forecasters said Anahola, Wailua and Koloa, pretty much the entire Eastside of Kaua’i, would receive the heaviest rains.

More than two inches of rain are projected for those areas, according to a Web site of the National Weather Service office on O’ahu.

A small-craft advisory because of strong trade winds was issued for all Hawaiian waters except for the leeward side of the islands.

A flash flood watch was issued for the entire state on Thursday, and is expected to remain in effect until Saturday.

The threat of heavy rains statewide will continue through Saturday, but the weather is anticipated to become drier Saturday night as the low aloft and the remnants of the tropical depression move west of the state.

By Sunday, tradewind weather conditions are anticipated to return to the state, and are to continue through all of next week.

A week earlier, members of Kaua’i county Department of Public Works crews prepared for Hurricane Jova and future storms by clearing roads and culverts, and cutting down trees in parts of the island, as a precaution.

That hurricane never became a threat as it moved northward and westward of the Hawaiian Islands.

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