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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 8:36 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2006

Heavy rains hit southern Kaua'i, Ko'olau

Advertiser Staff

Heavy rains as of 8 a.m. were falling in southern Kaua'i and on O'ahu in the Ko'olau and urban areas.

The Kaua'i rain has closed the road to Hanalei and is swelling the Wailua River, said Tom Birchard, forecaster for the National Weather Service. Normally around four feet, the river is at a 19 feet and that could lead to flooding on the windward side of that island, Birchard said.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Kaua'i and an urban small stream advisory for the Ko'olau and Central O'ahu.

A flash flood watch is in effect at least until this evening for Ni'ihau, Kaua'i and O'ahu. The Kaua'i's watch may be extended, he said.

The western end of the island chain could remain wet for the next couple of days with chances of O'ahu, the Big Island and Maui drying up a bit on Sunday, Birchard said.

The rains could return to O'ahu by early next week as another storm event moves toward the islands, he said.