“The winds just came out of nowhere. A lot of rain, a lot of heavy rain,” said one Kamuela resident.
Hawaii experienced a wet and windy start to the weekend with downed trees, power outages and lots of rain.
Much of the state received a sudden drenching of rain Tuesday with a flood advisory in effect for Kauai and Honolulu counties.
The flash flood watch for these islands is until 6 a.m. Thursday.
The heavy rain created problems from the get-go Monday morning.
The typhoon moved slowly, dumping heavy rain that could possibly trigger landslides and flash floods.
The powerful typhoon knocked out power and toppled trees in a region where 650,000 people have fled to safety.
In Hawaii, local disaster experts and scientists are also keeping watch on the typhoon.
For residents of Tacloban and the surrounding region, the parallels are deeply unsettling.
The 2014 Central Pacific Hurricane Season, which officially ended on Sunday, Nov. 30, was a busy hurricane season with five storms.
The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning in effect from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Forecasters say while rainfall totals are expected to be below average, conditions should be better for island farmers.
The UN says more than 25,000 people are still living in tents, or other temporary housing.
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