Wet weather clearing most islands by tomorrow, some heavy showers still possible for Kauai Saturday.
It was easily the biggest storm in a merciful winter that had mostly spared the region.
The storm comes a week after the New York region saw temperatures climb into the 60s.
Isolated heavy showers and thunderstorms just upslope of Hilo are producing rain rates around 3 inches per hour.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it was centered off the windward coast of Maui.
While some of those storms will ease as night falls, the threat of heavy rain remains through Friday.
An upper level trough will strengthen as it digs toward the islands during the next couple of days.
Radar indicates a line of heavy showers nearly stationary over southeast Oahu.
The heavy rains are focused over Molokai, Lanai, and Maui and slowly moving west.
The rain started to scale back by the afternoon, with the exception of Maui County and over the Kona Coast.
Sustained winds around 30 mph with gusts near 50 mph will be possible in the areas typically affected by strong trade winds.
Was it set up properly, and should it have been set up at all?
It’s expected to be much weaker than the last cold front that moved through the islands Saturday.
The DOE and KCC both told us they did not expect the weather to be that strong.
Between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., the Honolulu Fire Department responded to 26 wind-related emergencies from Waimanalo to Kaneohe.
The island was under a flash flood warning for most of the day with rain falling at a rate of two to three inches per hour.
Streams such as Waikane and Punaluu have reached flood stage and will cause flash flooding.
Conditions are expected to intensify for Kauai overnight, then spread to Oahu later Saturday morning.
Hawaiian Electric says this was the most extensive damage statewide that the company has seen in years.
A high wind warning has been extended for areas on Hawaii Island through 6 p.m. Sunday.