Can’t stop the rain

The storm also brought hail to Oahu; the wet weather is ex­pected to move to Hawaii is­land

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL / BUSINESS - By Leila Fu­ji­mori lfu­ji­mori@starad­ver­

The weather sys­tem that soaked Oahu on Wed­nes­day and pep­pered the is­land with a lit­tle hail shifted east­ward by late af­ter­noon over Maui County and on to Hawaii is­land to­day.

A strong up­per low-pres­sure sys­tem, com­bined with a cold front and plenty of mois­ture, was fu­el­ing the po­ten­tial for flash floods, Na­tional Weather Ser­vice lead fore­caster Alex Gibbs said Wed­nes­day evening.

Oahu took the brunt of the heavy rain with up­ward of

2 to 3-1/2 inches of rain­fall is­land­wide dur­ing the 24-hour pe­riod prior to 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day. Up­per Nu­uanu got

3.38 inches of rain­fall.

Although stream lev­els rose, there was no flash flood­ing.

City of­fi­cials shut down the Honolulu Zoo and the West

Loch Golf Course on Wed­nes­day due to the rain.

Zheray Wong, 32, of Ku­nia was hav­ing break­fast in her kitchen at about 8 a.m. Wed­nes­day when she heard what sounded like peb­bles hit­ting the jalousies.

She walked out­side and no­ticed the tem­per­a­ture was colder than usual, saw the small bits of ice and used her cell­phone to cap­ture the event.

Wong, who said it was her first time wit­ness­ing hail, picked up the ice and held it in her hand. Her 4-year-old son was thrilled and asked if it was go­ing to “fill up,” mean­ing pile up like snow.

Oahu and Kauai, which did not re­ceive as much rain­fall, should dry out over the next cou­ple of days, but the wet weather could shift back to­ward Oahu late Satur­day and into Sun­day.

There is a po­ten­tial for the sys­tem to stall over the Big Is­land, with the chance for heavy rain over the eastern end of the state through the work­week and pos­si­bly into the week­end, Gibbs said.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued a flash-flood watch for Maui County and Hawaii is­land un­til Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The weather ser­vice also is­sued a wind ad­vi­sory for Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa above 12,000 feet through

6 p.m. to­day. South­west winds up to 50 mph, with gusts over 60 mph, are ex­pected.

The pub­lic is ad­vised to post­pone travel to the Big Is­land sum­mits un­til con­di­tions im­prove.


A pedes­trian made her way through a Ward Av­enue cross­walk dur­ing a down­pour Wed­nes­day. The weather could not put a damper on love Wed­nes­day: Tiani and Va’alele Au­ta­gavaia greeted well-wish­ers af­ter be­ing mar­ried at rainy Magic Is­land at Ala Moana Re­gional Park.

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