Wild weather hits the state Friday


It was another day of wild weather for the state Friday.

Unstable weather provided ideal conditions for a funnel cloud to form over Oahu Friday. A viewer snapped a photo of one forming over Kapolei from his location in Pearl City.

A funnel cloud is a tornado that doesn’t touch the ground. It usually forms in the afternoon with the right weather conditions. The ground has to be sufficiently heated, so twisters are common in the afternoon hours when the sun has been baking the land, and when winds are light. Twisters also generally form over flat land.

As the weather slowly clears and stabilizes over the weekend, there will be a lesser chance of any more popping up, but funnel clouds are always an interesting phenomenon over Hawaii’s skies.

Here’s a look at Friday’s severe weather around the state.

OAHU

A flash flood warning was in effect for several hours with most of the heavy rain occurring in West and Central Oahu, and the North Shore.

Radar showed heavy rain over the slopes of the Waianae range with the rain gage in Lualualei reporting a rainfall rate near four inches per hour.

Motorists in Kapolei and Leeward Oahu were advised to use caution as heavy ponding was reported on roads, including the intersection of Kamokila Boulevard and Wakea Street.

Keaulana Street, Nanakuli (Photos: Nue Wong)
Keaulana Street, Nanakuli (Photos: Nue Wong)
Paakea Road, Waianae (Photo: Sergio Gutierrez‎)
Paakea Road, Waianae (Photo: Sergio Gutierrez‎)
Campbell High School (Photo: Vai Lealao)
Campbell High School (Photo: Vai Lealao)
Nanakuli flooded bus stop (Photo: Lisa Pau)
Nanakuli flooded bus stop (Photo: Lisa Pau)

HAWAII ISLAND

A flash flood warning was in effect for Hawaii Island until 9 p.m. Radar showed heavy rain from Kailua-Kona to Keauhou.

At one point, Highway 11 near the 103 mile marker in Honaunau and Hualalai Road at the intersection of Guava Lane were closed due to heavy ponding and runoff. Kuakini Highway and Oni Oni Street were also flooded.

Friday’s Konawaena vs. Hilo game was canceled due to unplayable conditions. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

Highway 11 between Mountain View and Volcano (Photo: Peter Scharpfenecker)
Highway 11 between Mountain View and Volcano (Photo: Peter Scharpfenecker)

KAUAI

The entire island Kauai was under a flash flood warning until 10:30 p.m.

Radar showed heavy rain 6 miles west of Kapaa, or about 12 miles northwest of Lihue with estimated rainfall rates up to 3 inches per hour.

The gage on Hanalei River showed a rapid rise, prompting officials to close Kuhio Highway in the vicinity of the Hanalei Bridge due to flash flooding.

The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at Hanalei Elementary School.

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