Flash flooding from Darby wreaks havoc on Oahu

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Tropical Storm Darby did not directly hit Oahu, but it still packed a major punch.

Heavy rain first began falling over East Oahu Sunday afternoon and spread quickly across the entire island. Power surges were also reported.

The rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the island that extended to 3:30 a.m.

At around 8 p.m., H-1 Freeway westbound was shut down at the School Street exit due to heavy ponding. Later Sunday night, alerts were sent out that the H-1 eastbound was also closed at Vineyard Boulevard.

Stephanie Yamada sent in video, saying “there’s water up to some cars’ bumpers for about 50 feet.”


At about 11 p.m., the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management sent out an alert that Dillingham Boulevard was closed at Middle Street due to debris on roadway from Kalihi Stream overflowing.

Hawaii Department of Transportation crews closed the right lane of the Pali Highway near Waokanaka Street in the town bound direction due to a mudslide.

Nimitz Highway eastbound at Moanalua Stream near the paintball field was also closed due to flooding.

We’re also received reports of other flooded areas, including Nimitz Highway near Awa Street approaching Iwilei.

The Honolulu Fire Department, as of 10 p.m., responded crews responded to dozens of weather-related incident on Oahu on Sunday, including 59 calls for help for water evacuation due to flooded conditions. Firefighters say 30 of those calls were from Kalihi and 10 from the Nuuanu area.

Crews also responded to 10 calls for electrical hazards related to Darby, which includes leaning poles, arcing wires and downed lines.

Gus Yniguez sent in video of a lightning show he caught in Kaneohe. “Tropical Storm Darby knocked out the power several times as lightning and thunder struck,” he said.

One-hundred-fifty-six people stayed at the emergency shelter in Brigham Young University–Hawaii in Laie Sunday.

Most belonged to a high school group from France that was planning to camp in the area.

“At first they were scared because the storm seemed bigger than it is right now, but now they are so happy, because they have roof, shower and a hot meal,” said group director Stephanie Blain.

The American Red Cross opened seven shelters on Oahu at 7 a.m. Sunday. View a full updated list of shelters statewide here.

The organization says four people and a dog stayed at the shelter at McKinley High School and all other shelters are currently empty.

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Bags at Laie Red Cross shelter on Sunday
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More bags found at Laie shelter.

As of 2 p.m., the city stopped shuttle service to the shelters, though the shelters themselves remain open. When they close, TheBus and TheHandi-Van will provide return service along the same routes.

The city reported downed power poles in Waimanalo and Hauula.

Hanauma Bay’s visitors center was open, but a large sign warned visitors that the beach area was closed.

“We wanted to see the bay and let my kids go out and swim, but it looks like that’s not going to work out,” said Paul Pittman, who was visiting from Texas.

Meanwhile, commercial ports on Oahu are now closed to all traffic and cargo operations secured.

Vessels within the vicinity of the Hawaiian Island harbors should seek sheltered waters until storm conditions subside.

In Windward Oahu, KHON2 crews spotted a portion of Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa crumbling again. It was located near Kaaawa Valley Road near where previous road work was done on the shoulder lane due to erosion.

KHON2 reached out the Hawaii State Department of Transportation for more information.

Crumbling road on Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa
Crumbling road on Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa
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Crumbling road on Kamehameha Highway in Kaaawa

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