Flash flood warning continues, parts of Kuhio Highway remain closed

A flash flood warning for Kaua‘i has been extended until 11:45 p.m. today for northern, eastern and southern portions of the island, which means flash flooding is imminent, according to the National Weather Service. Those living in low-lying areas are urged to move to higher ground. Do not cross fast-flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot, the National Weather Service advised.  Runoff from the storm can cause rock and mudslides in steep terrain. A flash flood watch remains in effect for western Kaua‘i.

Kuhio Highway near Hanalei Bridge and near Haena Beach Park remained closed this evening, but other roads were opened as waters receded, a Kaua‘i Civil Defense statement said. The American Red Cross, which opened an emergency shelter this morning at the Koloa Neighborhood Center, at 6 p.m. closed due to a lack of individuals needing shelter . The county reported that 12 residents were displaced from their homes along Wailani Road and Aloha Place in Koloa due to flooding.

A high surf advisory has been issued through 6 a.m. Tuesday for the east-facing and windward shorse of the island, and the leeward shores of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau. Surf as high as 15 feet to 20 feet is forecast, along with breaking waves that create hazardous swimming conditions and dangerous rip currents, authorities said.

A landslide was reported on Kuhio Highway in Lumaha‘i near Mile Marker 5, but workers removed debris and reopened that section of road, the county reported. Hanalei residents have reported the Hanalei River has overflowed its banks in places. A rain gauge in Hanalei reported rain falling at a rate of more than two inches per hour.

Brief power outages were reported early this morning in Lihu‘e and Wailua, but electricity has since been restored.

A flash flood watch is in effect until Monday afternoon for Kaua‘i, Ni‘ihau and O‘ahu.

For updates on road closures, call 241-1725.




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