Maui received the brunt of tropical depression Flossie from widespread power outages to flooding and downed trees. County officials say it was a full-scale event and it’s still not over.
Flossie unleashed her fury on Maui Monday, as the tropical depression churned over the Valley Isle.
It unloaded a mix of torrential rain, storm surges, and gusty winds.
“Some of the hardest rain I’ve seen in my life. A lot of rain and just in the past half hour ago. I was driving through Makawao and I had my wipers on full speed,” Maui residents Bart Bottoms said.
The most visual sight of Mother Nature’s force was an electric show in the sky.
KHON2 viewers captured insane bolts of lightning and roaring thunder.
The National Weather Service says there were hundreds of lightning strikes — more than people would expect in an average storm.
“So we have a couple of reports of homes being struck, power plant struck on Molokai. We had someone who was shocked by lightning entering their home through the pipes as they were running water,” NWS Warning Coordinator Mike Cantin said.
Lightning wasn’t only chicken skin to see — it left its mark on a Kahului home. A bolt of lightning struck a roof leaving a 10-inch hole.
“All of a sudden I see a flash of white lightning come into the room and then a big boom and the whole house shook,” Maui resident Ashlyn Ross said.
No one in that home was injured, but another man nearby was shocked while turning on his kitchen sink.
All of the action caused a ripple of effect of problems. The lightning strikes also hit electrical equipment, which left more than 9,800 customers without power.
The entire island of Molokai had no electricity for almost an hour.
The power outages also disrupted water service to several neighborhoods.
For the next two days, there will be road closures and delays along Piilani Highway in the Kaupo area as crews clear debris and inspect bridges.