Flash-flood watch, brown-water advisories are posted
The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch for all Hawaiian Islands from this morning through Saturday evening.
The advisory means weather conditions may lead to flash flooding. Forecasters report an area of very moist air moving over the islands and conditions that will make the atmosphere unstable, increasing the likelihood of flooding, especially for the southern and central islands in the state.
The Health Department issued brown-water advisories Thursday afternoon for Honolua and Kaopala bays, Cove Park in Kihei and South Maui waters from Mokapu to Maluaka. Officials cautioned people not to enter ocean areas with brown water because it may be contaminated with cesspool effluent, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens and flood debris.
People are advised to monitor weather reports and be prepared to take action. Campers and hikers should reschedule their outings to a time when weather will be more favorable.
On Sunday afternoon, rapidly rising stream waters in Waihee and Iao valleys stranded more than two dozen people who needed to be airlifted out by rescue crews. No injuries were reported.
For more weather information, call (866) 944-5025 or visit weather.gov/hawaii.