Severe weather hits Kauai

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An oncoming storm is hitting Kauai.

Heavy downpours are predicted for areas of Oahu and Kauai throughout the weekend, although experts are not expecting to issue any type of flash flood warnings.

Meteorologists say Kauai is the most at-risk for bad weather this Memorial Day weekend.

They know residents may have a lot of outdoor activities scheduled, but advise people to have a plan B.

“People aren’t really familiar with what to do in thunderstorms, so we always tell people when it roars, go indoors, get away from trees and tall, metal objects outside and things like that,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ballard.

“We have lots of ditches and rivers on the island so we have to be prepared for any flash flooding or even flooding because of a closed ditch,” said Kauai Civil Defense Manager Glenda Nogami-Streufert.

The Kekaha Landfill is closed until further notice due lightning and severe weather conditions at the facility.

The landfill will be reopened when it is deemed safe for public access. For updates, please call the Solid Waste Division at 241-4839.

Due to weather, the Dept. of Education has moved Waimea High School’s commencement ceremony into the gym. “Parents, family and guests need to dress appropriately for rainy weather,” warned complex area superintendent Bill Arakaki.

The ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Other graduations scheduled for Friday are Kapaa High School at 6:30 p.m. at Kapaa Ball Park and Kauai High School at 5:30 p.m. at Vidinha Stadium. Tents will be set up to provide cover for graduates.

Despite the rain, the river gauges on the island are relatively low right now.

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