Wali could cause flooding danger

By Pete Caggiano, pcaggiano@kitv.com
Published On: Jul 17 2014 10:32:00 PM HST

The first tropical storm of the hurricane season is just southeast of the islands

HONOLULU -

Emergency management officials are closely monitoring Wali. While it has already lost its tropical status before it got to Hawaii, it could still bring flooding rainfall.

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Paul, a similar storm back in 2000, also fell apart before making landfall but still brought over two feet of rain to parts of the state.

While everything would have to come together nearly perfectly atmospherically speaking for that to happen again, it is a possibility. Regardless, above average rainfall is expected for the late weekend. 

Officials are advising anyone in flood prone areas to get prepared now.

“Go and see if there are any big branches, debris in your area, make sure water can get off your property. As soon as possible check your gutters and have a plan to evacuate if there is a flash flood for your area,” said Shelly Kunishige from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. 

Rain is forecast to hit the Big Island first, starting late Saturday. This is an area that has already seen more than its share of rain over the past seven days. The rain is expected to move into the rest of the state on Sunday.

Residents in areas that are known to flood should make preparations and be ready in case evacuations are issued. 

For up to the date forecasts and information on Tropical Storm Wali on-the-go download the KITV Hurricane Tracker app for your mobile phone.

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