Home to the wettest spot on earth, “Mt. Waialeale**” that gets over 450 inches of rain per year… Kauai is known for serious rain, but the garden isle has gotten more than it’s fair share of flooding this rainy season and today it’s taking a serious toll on the island’s north shore and east side. Bridges washed away, mud slides, swollen rivers, flooded valleys and more threaten much of the island. Residents in the the towns of Hanalei and Princeville who have not evacuated are currently cut off from the rest of the island since the Kuhio Highway at the Kalihiwai bridge has been closed because of falling branches. According to the mayor’s office, road crews are attempting to clear the area but are hindered by continuous falling branches and dangerous conditions.
The national weather service in Honolulu had issued a flash flood warning for the entire island of Kauai until 830 pm and is predicting heavy rainfall to continue over North and East Kauai with the Hanalei and Wailua rain gages currently showing rain rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
Rainfall is also moving toward Kauai from the South and will reach the island this evening.
The county is calling for the following precautionary/preparedness actions…
A flash flood warning means flash flooding is imminent or occurring in streams…roads and low lying areas. move to higher ground now.
Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot. turn around…don/t drown.
Runoff from this storm may also cause rock and mudslides in steep terrain.
Resident’s of Kapaa town on the East side make the best of a difficult situation while the front that is causing the current extreme weather conditions is being predicted to weaken heading into midweek as high pressure builds north of the islands… This is Joel Rogers for GrassRoots News.
PHOTOS: Timothy Hamilton
**pronounced [wɛiˈʔɐleˈʔɐle] in Hawaiian