Flash Flood Warning issued for Kaua‘i Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Kaua‘i, due to heavy rains occurring over the island. The warning may be extended, dropped, or modified as conditions develop.

A Flash Flood Warning means flash flooding is imminent or occurring in streams, roads, and low-lying areas. Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot.

“A weakened high-pressure ridge north of the islands will produce light to moderate trade winds with local scale daytime sea breezes developing over terrain sheltered areas through Tuesday,” NWS said. “Trade winds will strengthen from Wednesday onward, becoming breezy by the weekend. A developing upper level low over the region today will enhance shower activity a bit into the overnight hours. Otherwise, shower activity for the rest of the week will favor windward and mountain areas, mainly in the overnight to early morning hours.”

According to NWS, at 8:54 a.m. today, the Hanalei river gage shows the river level is rising rapidly while heavy rainfall continues up in the mountains. Flash flooding is occurring or expected to begin shortly.

Please stay tuned to local media for updates on road closures.

Ponding, low visibility, and other hazardous driving conditions are expected. If you must drive, please do so with extreme caution.

For updates on road conditions and closures, please call 241-1725. Please do not call Kaua‘i police 911 unless you have an emergency.

For weather, updates call the National Weather Service automated weather line at 245-6001 or visit the NWS website, www.weather.gov/hawaii.

To sign up for Blackboard Connect, the county’s emergency notification service, please go to the county’s website, www.kauai.gov, or call the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at 241-1800.

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