The Hawaiian Islands could face "catastrophic flooding" this week from a storm system moving over the archipelago, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu. In an update on Sunday, the weather service said a "kona low," a type of seasonal cyclone in the Hawaiian Islands, would linger just west of Kauai with a slow westward drift until Wednesday. It warned that that the storm could bring "widespread heavy rainfall...capable of producing catastrophic flooding, and strong southwest winds." By early Monday morning, the weather service said flash flood warnings continued for a number of areas, including Kaunakakai, Ualapu’e and Mauna Loa. Meanwhile, a flash flood warning was extended for Maui, where video posted to social media on Sunday night showed heavy rains. A high wind warning was in effect for the summits Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island, as well as over over Haleakala on Maui through Monday morning, with wind speeds observed at nearly 90 mph by employees of the National Park Service on Haleakala on Monday. A blizzard warning also remained in effect for the highest summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. As resi . . . read the full article here.
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LOC: Maui, Mauna Loa, Hawaii Island, the Big Island, the Hawaiian Islands
DATE: Monday, Sunday, Wednesday, this week, early Monday, late Tuesday
TIME: morning, Monday morning
QUANTITY: nearly 90 mph