Thunderstorms, heavy showers, flash floods and landslides describe the current weather conditions in Hawaii this week. Forecasters say it’s likely to remain this way through the weekend, as several weather systems move toward the islands.
Earlier today, a blanket of heavy rain makes its way across Manoa Valley.
Flash flood watches have been issued until 4 p.m. tomorrow for the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai. More thunderstorms could be headed over Oahu, Kauai and Maui counties as well. After rains earlier in the week, forecasters warned that the additional rainfall could create flash floods and more landslides. This time around has brought h3 winds with gusts of 40 mph and hail to to the channel between Maui and the Big Island. Earlier this week, Waimanalo and Hawaii Kai had their share of hail as well.
The recent unstable weather in Hawaii has not only soddened slippers but flooded parts of Kauai and Oahu so severely that people watched cars float passed them and houses sink halfway under water. Roadways became rushing rivers while valleys, especially low-lying ones like Hanalei, became vast waterways. On a lighter note, some discovered a convenient way of getting around in the flood waters, by way of stand-up paddle through what used to be highways and parks.
Thunder bombs and lighting whips were going off on Oahu Tuesday night. The news reported that several homes were struck by lighting, causing power outages and exterior damage.
If you’re visiting Hawaii and the weather – for lack of a better word – sucks, then play it safe and stay indoors. Some hotels offer special activities, such as lessons in lei making and hula. You can also take time to visit museums or to get your shopping on. There’s always a sunnier side to a gloomy situation, so make the most of your trip here despite the squishy weather.
One plus to the bad weather: Waterfall Hunting.
Photo Credit: Noa Myers (Manoa); Kilty Inafuku (waterfalls)