Flash flood watch cancelled

Published On: Mar 25 2013 01:33:31 PM HST   Updated On: Mar 28 2013 06:32:22 AM HST

Tahiti Reed/u local


The National Weather Service cancelled a flash flood watch for Maui Thursday morning.  A flash flood watch for Kauai and Oahu was dropped on Wednesday.

Forecasters say an area of deep moisture will continue to move across Maui and Kahoolawe, while an upper-level disturbance overhead destabilizes the atmosphere.  This will maintain conditions for heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

"The heavy rain threat has ended from most of us and this should be the case for all of us by Thursday morning," said KITV4 chief meteorologist Justin Fujioka.  "We all should see pockets of sunshine and drier weather by Thursday afternoon."

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to dangerous flash flooding.  It does not need to be raining where you are for flash flooding to occur.

The brunt of the wet weather hit Kauai, where up to 21 inches of rain fell near Kokee in the 24-hour period between 2 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Fujioka said, "Looks like the Big Island will miss out on most of this moisture as a typical trade wind pattern remains in place there until another storm moves in this weekend, likely impacting all islands."

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