Heavy rain hits North Shore

LIHUE — The Flash Flood Warning issued for Kauai through Tuesday evening could re-ocurr today, according to the National Weather Service.

Derek Wroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said the system over the islands contained an upper-level disturbance. It caused up to six inches of rain on Kauai’s North Shore slopes, and nine inches in the mountains by Tuesday afternoon.

“This will remain unstable through Wednesday afternoon,” Wroe said.

The precipitation has been focused on the North Shore, while Lihue and South Shore precipitation has not been nearly as measurable. There is concern that the continued rain could cause the Hanalei River to rise past its already heightened level, which was at eight feet by Tuesday afternoon, according to Kauai Dispatch reports.

“It has backed off a little,” Wroe added, “but we could get another rise in the river.”

There is potential for another flood warning through today, he added.

The system is moving slowly northeast toward Oahu, he said.

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