Flash flood warning extended for Oahu as severe weather prompts power outages, landslides, road closures

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Lightning brought power outages to several buildings in Honolulu on Wednesday, March 10.
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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A flash flood warning has been extended for Oahu until 12:30 a.m. Thursday while Kauai’s flash flood warning expired at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

On Oahu, heavy showers prompted landslides and several road closures in the windward and north shore areas during the day. Radar now shows showers over the south shore of the island from the Honolulu airport to Waikiki to Hawaii Kai.

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Kaioo Drive is closed between Hobron Lane & Ala Moana Boulevard due to flooding. Several cars are reported to be stalled in the area.

Kamehameha Highway remains closed in several areas, including both directions near Kualoa Ranch due to flooding and debris. Crashing boulders are also blocking one lane in the area of Waimea Beach Park.

Hawaiian Electric reported lane closures on Hunter St. at around 7:30 p.m. due to downed power lines caused by a possible lightning strike. Crews are working to make repairs before safely restoring power to customers.

Significant flooding, landslides and road closures continue statewide as heavy showers persist this week.

An evacuation order was lifted for Haleiwa Town just before 11:30 Tuesday night, with many residents seeing the damage to their homes and businesses for the first time.

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On Kauai, heavy showers and thunderstorms are hitting the east and southeast slopes of the island, from Poipu to Lihue to Anahola. Saturated grounds and rising water levels in streams are expected to lead to flash flooding.

Kuhio Highway near the Hanalei Bridge remains closed, as well as in other areas.

Both lanes of Kuhio Hwy. on the Princeville-side of the Hanalei Bridge are closed due to a rockslide. The highway at mile marker 4.5 in the Waikoko area has one lane open.

On Maui, one lane is closed on Hana Highway at mile marker 19 due to a landslide.

All islands are currently under a Flash Flood Watch through Friday afternoon.

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