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Updated at 10:10 a.m., Friday, June 08, 2001

After lightning show, passing showers likely today

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

Lightning cuts across the skies south of O'ahu last night during last night's off-shore thunderstorm.

Gregory Yamamoto The Honolulu Advertiser

Most of the Islands likely will see passing showers and moderate trade winds today. The exception is Kaua'i, which may have thunderstorms today and tomorrow, the National Weather Service said.

A lightning storm that was seen by some O'ahu residents last night was generated by the same upper-level low pressure system that caused Tuesday's downpour, according to the weather service.

That upper-level low remained in the Kaua'i vicinity today, but it appears to have drifted far enough west that its effect on O'ahu's weather may be lessened, the weather service said.

Forecaster Jonathan Hoag said weather readings indicate the chance of thundershowers on O'ahu today is "real small today."

There were no serious weather conditions developing this morning, he said, but the upper-level low remained about 80 miles southwest of Kaua'i and could linger in the area tomorrow.

Lightning filled the skies over south O'ahu last night and put on a spectacular light show. At times, the lightning bolts shot through the skies every 10 to 15 seconds.

Tuesday's brief but intense storm flooded roadways, caused a mudslide on the H-1 Freeway and was listed as a factor in a traffic accident that killed a 62-year-old woman on the H-2 Freeway. The heavy rain also knocked out power to thousands of Hawaiian Electric Co. customers.

Advertiser staff writer Curtis Lum contributed to this report.