HONOLULU (KHON2) — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Maui until 4 p.m. today.
NWS said a flash flood watch will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.
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Radar detected heavy rain falling along the Haleakala slopes around 1 p.m. with one to two inches of rain occurring along windward slopes from Haiku to Hana.
NWS predicts flooding from rainfall in normal dry gulches like Kihei and Wailea.
The public is advised to stay away from rivers, streams and ditches, even if they are dry.
Heavy rains are also causing problems on the roadways and shutting down some popular attractions.
The National Weather Service said heavy rain started coming down the slopes of Haleakala at about one o’clock Friday, Jan. 27 at a rate of one to three inches. Flooding is expected in the dry gulches of Kihei and Wailea areas.
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Baldwin Beach Park in Paia and the Central Maui Landfill are closed as of Friday afternoon, along with Maui sports facilities.
A county spokeswoman said some homes were also flooded.
“There were some properties on the south Maui side of our island that were impacted that our crews were called out to support, both from public works as well as the fire department. And, those homes were dealt with as those calls came in to 911,” said Mahina Martin, Maui County Chief of Communications.
And, on the back side of Kaupo — a portion of Piilani Highway has been closed. South Kihei Road is also shut down but not before several drivers stalled out.
“Driving down, there had been several cars that were pulled over because the water was up, probably getting into their engine; and I think their engine stalled,” said Matt Hudson, a Kihei resident.
Hudson said water on the road got as high as two feet. He said first responders were kept busy trying to keep people safe.
“A lot of sirens going. A lot of fire trucks going around, checking on people. I saw one car. The lady in it was not getting out of it; and, so, she kind of seemed trapped. Fire trucks were going to check on her,” said Hudson.
Due to hazardous conditions, the Summit District of Haleakala National Park has been closed. Reservations for the Hosmer Grove Campground were canceled due to flooding on the roadways.
Residents also shared concerns with the large amounts of brown water coming down and heading into the ocean.
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“It just started getting clean after the last flood a few weeks ago; and now, it’s starting all over again. I watch the condominiums that are along the beach over there building walls and sandbags trying to avoid this type of thing,” said Casey Logsdon, a North Kihei resident.
The most important advice for those in the area, stay home if you can until things calm down.