Heavy rains impact Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai

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The city closed the Honolulu Zoo on Tuesday due to the heavy rains, but will reopen Wednesday morning. The city says the rain was causing ponding on the walkways.

The zoo will reopen at its normal time of 9 a.m.

Another event affected by the rain is the Honolulu City Lights. Although there are some lights still on, the event was cancelled for the evening.

As with the zoo, officials will decide early tomorrow morning if it's dry enough to reopen the lights.

No injuries or significant damage has been reported because of the rain.

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to at least two homes that were partially flooded.

In addition to that, there was a down power line in Kaimuki and a transformer explosion in Kailua.

A flash flood watch in effect for Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai through late tonight.

An upper trough will enhance a band of prefrontal moisture tonight across Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai and bring the potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding tonight.

Rain may be widespread over these islands, and may affect urban areas in the lower elevations, which are more susceptible to flooding problems. Additionally, grounds are already saturated from earlier rains on Oahu.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

  • A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
  • You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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