• In some places, it is possible to get more than 2 feet of rainfall. Larger amounts up to 10-15 inches are also possible.
  • For all islands, flood watches were issued.
  • Even though the blizzard alert for Hawaii’s Big Island Summits was postponed early Monday morning, the snow has continued to fall.

A powerful storm system pounded Hawaii on Monday with heavy rain, and forecasters warned of a chance for “dangerous” and “catastrophic” flooding in some parts of the state. 

More than 2 feet of rain is possible in some areas; widespread amounts of 10 to 15 inches are likely. 

According to the National Weather Service, Honolulu, “Present widespread heavy rainfall under this system, particularly in the large rain band capable of producing catastrophic flooding and strong gusty southern winds through Wednesday.”

AccuWeather stated that flood watches were issued for all islands.

Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth has declared an emergency on his island to warn residents of the danger of flooding and high winds, Hawaii News Now reported. 

Due to heavy runoff, low spots on roads can become unsafe and unpassable. Debris in streams and gulches may clog bridges and culverts resulting in dangerous flooding,” the Weather Service said,

Ahead of the storm’s worst effects, Hawaii Gov. According to Hawaii News Now, David Ige, the Hawaii Governor, advised residents on Sunday to be prepared for flooding and landslides as well as road closures. 

“Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan in place and supplies ready should you need to move away from rising water,” the governor said in a news release.

Four shelters were opened on Oahu. Most beaches of Waikiki were closed Monday. Only a handful of people used umbrellas to protect themselves from the rains. As water rose from manhole covers, cars flooded downtown and roads were flooding. 

There have already been flooding reports from Maui. Some areas saw more than a foot of rain.

Three couples, two from the U.S. mainland, were forced to put off their Maui weddings by relentless rain, according to Nicole Bonanno of Bella Bloom Floral. This boutique and wedding florist is located in Wailea.

CNN reports that Monday was a day of rest for public schools in Hawaii’s Maui County. 

As a precaution, the city and county of Honolulu planned to open four emergency shelters ahead of the Kona low storm, which is expected to hit Oahu starting tonight, Honolulu mayor Rick BlangiardiTwittered Monday morning 

According to the weather service, Kona low storms can be a seasonal cyclone that forms in the Hawaiian Islands. They are usually created in winter by winds blowing from the west, “Kona”, direction. Kona lows can often cause wet, unsettled weather. 

Hawaii blizzard:Hawaii is under blizzard alert with snow accumulations of 12 inches and wind gusts up to 100 mph forecast

It snowed on Monday, despite the fact that the blizzard warning regarding Hawaii’s Big Island summits was postponed early Monday. The Weather Service stated that an additional 4 inches of snow is possible. 

“Although Hawaii has the reputation of year-round warmth, snow actually makes a yearly appearance atop some of its highest peaks,” AccuWeather meteorologist Lauren Hyde said.

Blizzard warnings for Hawaii are rare but not unheard of. The last blizzard warning issued by the Weather Service in Hawaii was more than 3½ years ago.

Contributing: The Associated Press

Source: USAToday.com


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