Foreseen Catastrophic Floods Set Off State Of Emergency In Hawaii


On Monday, a major storm system battered Hawaii with torrential rain, prompting forecasters to warn of "dangerous" and "catastrophic" flooding in some areas of the state through Monday night and into Tuesday.

In some regions, more than 2 feet of rain may fall, with widespread quantities of 10 to 15 inches expected.

"Expect widespread heavy rain, especially beneath the broad heavy rain band, capable of catastrophic flooding, and strong gusty southerly winds with this system through Wednesday," the National Weather Service in Honolulu stated.

AccuWeather reported flood watches have been issued for all of the islands and will stay in force until Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, the islands of Oahu and Kauai are the most vulnerable to flash floods.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced a state of emergency for the whole state on Monday afternoon, warning citizens to brace themselves for significant floods, landslides, road closures, and property destruction.

"Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan in place and supplies on hand in case you need to evacuate due to rising water," the governor stated.

The state of emergency will be active until December 10.

The National Weather Service warned that such heavy rain could cause flooding in areas that don't normally flood, and numerous landslides are expected.

Due to severe runoff, "low spots" on roads will become dangerous and impassable. Debris in streams and gulches may clog bridges and culverts, resulting in "dangerous flooding," the Weather Service said.

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