Flash flood watch canceled for Kauai, Niihau, Oahu

Dark clouds loom over Kapaa, Kauai.
Dark clouds loom over Kapaa, Kauai.

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This is a very slow moving front probably one of the slowest we have ever seen.

That means the moisture the cloud cover has been sitting over Kauai all day raining.

Right now Hanalei bridge is still open but the steam level is rising.

Now two weeks ago similar heavy rains caused flooding on Kauai’s north shore.

Twelve hikers had to be air-lifted off the Kalalau trail after the Hanakapiai stream became too high to cross.

Right now Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed the trail until further notice.

And that may be for a while with this very slow moving front that may even bring some hail.

“Not out of the question we’ve seen in some of the weather cells north of oahu recently that could definitely produce some hail,” said Derek Wroe, National Weather Service. “So the main threat is to Kauai and Oahu we have a flooding threat and thunderstorm threat into the evening and then we expect that to change to more of a flood threat for the rest of the night”

“I think we going to keep expecting heavy rain and thunder tonight into tomorrow so we are not out of the woods yet by any means but so far so good,” said Kauai County Spokeswoman Sarah Blane.

The Kekaha Land fill is also closed on Kauai until further notice.

Expect the rain and even some thunderstorms on Sunday on Kauai and Oahu.

And again because of the slow moving nature of the weather system flooding may happen quickly.

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