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Flood Watch Extended for Maui

March 30, 2014, 8:05 AM HST
* Updated March 30, 8:52 AM
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Satellite imagery for March 30, 2014, courtesy NOAA/NWS.

Satellite imagery for March 30, 2014, courtesy NOAA/NWS.

By Wendy Osher

The threat of thunderstorms and rains remain a possibility for Maui through today, prompting an extension of a flash flood watch until 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Over the last 24-hour period ending at 5 a.m., the National Weather Service recorded: 2.09 inches of rain at Puʻu Kukui; 1.07 inches in Kula; and more than a half of an inch of rain at Kahakuloa and the Kaupō Gap.

NWS forecasters say a strong low aloft, combined with a surface trough, will continue to bring threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms and conditions that lead to flash flooding.

The unstable conditions are forecast to produce “slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms.”

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“While heavy rain is not expected to be widespread, localized intense rainfall is likely to occur, potentially leading to flash flooding in streams and urban areas,” the forecast stated.

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The Big Island of Hawaiʻi is also under a flash flood watch for the same period.

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