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NWS: Hawaii needs to prepare for more rainy weather

NWS: Hawaii needs to prepare for more rainy weather

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Genki Kino, Honolulu National Weather Service forecaster said, โ€œIt’s not going to be just Maui County; It’s going to be a wide field. You know, there’s a very high chance of flash flooding from tonight to tomorrow. I’d say pretty much anywhere across the state, especially for windy areas.

After being hit hard by heavy rains, Maui is bracing for another storm and leaving emergency departments on standby ready to respond.

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โ€œWith road closures at our public works, crews are doing a fantastic job in conjunction with state transportation crews; And they are clearing debris as quickly as possible to make sure roadways and flood conditions are not affecting traffic and access and telling us which are safe and unsafe,โ€ Mahina Martin, Maui said the county communications chief and public affairs.

The Central Maui Landfill and Molokai Landfill are closed on Sunday, January 29, due to unsafe conditions. Olowalu Transfer Station is also closed. Officials said they will monitor conditions and decide whether it is safe to reopen on Monday, January 30.

Maui residents said they were not surprised and prepared for such a storm. “I always have bottled water. I always have enough batteries for all my electronic devices, and I have food, canned, dried foods ready to go to rock and roll if I get stuck somewhere,โ€ says Joe. McManus said.

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Vernon Kalanikau said, “So, it’s something that it’s becoming aware of in life for us in South Maui”.

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Residents with damaged properties as a result of severe weather can report it to the Maui Emergency Management Agency and are asked to stay away from streams, rivers, drainage ditches and culverts.

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