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High Winds again: February 25, 2013

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High Winds again: February 25, 2013

Aloha,

Well, though dead still in NW Maui right now, the NWS has just extended the current wind advisory for the entire County of Maui. See here:

www.co.maui.hi.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4171

The West and Northwest side have had spotty wind today. But there have been a few sharp gusts, and as sunset approaches, that may increase.

We have had so much rain Upcountry and near Hana that the ground is very, very soft. We've had a lot of trees down, and some pretty ugly floods Upcountry too. PLEASE be careful, and take heed of your surroundings.

Look UP when you are considering a hike; if the mountain above you is dark and clouded in, DON'T. That's how you can end up stranded like 20 people did last week, or worse. Streams rise so fast and you won't stand a chance.

When you are driving our narrow roads, stay alert. If you see small mudslides or rockfall, notch your caution up. Stay off the roads that don't have regular maintenance, like the 'back roads' past Kapalua and past Hana. The tree and rock fall hazards are much greater there.

If you are up near waterfalls----please, please stay away from edges. You may end up down the cliff and could be seriously injured or worse. Stay away from the 'walls' when you are down below, since that's where rockfall is likely to come down.

Again--the ground in many areas is totally saturated. Last week Upcountry and Hana both got more rain in a few days than they have had in months. All it takes is more rain or more wind, and there will be more trees and rocks coming down.

Please be careful, and safe.

Edited: 26 February 2013, 02:27
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1. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

Heed this caution! Haleakala has been covered in rain cloud many days during our stay this year, and we've had an unusual number of days with unusually high wind.

Today DH and I drove up to Kapalua and back to South Kihei -- beautiful, clear weather, and not especially windy. Too weird, given the forecasts.

SW -- Do you know what's going on with the new Cop Shop in South Kihei? The contractor has dug up the opposite side of Piilani Hwy. -- and the road -- twice now. (You're supposed to 'measure twice and cut once', not the other way 'round. LOL)

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2. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

Aloha,

Ahh, Sue--you haven't been blown away yet?!! Man, the winds and ocean were so wild last week down south and over Maalaea-about Laniupoko. Crazy.

Don't know whassup with the Kihei station, except that it is huge. I hear there have been the usual delays and problems, nothing new here for any project, right? When in Maui............... ;-)!!

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3. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

Here's some video of upcountry sudden flooding from Makawao.

hawaiinewsnow.com/story/21312703/maui-flash-…

I imagine sw and Sue already saw this on the news a few days ago, but if you haven't seen what can happen to a little local waterfall ... it's an eye-opener.

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4. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

Wow! That video of the raging waterfall is amazing! I was lucky with my January visit to Maui this year..in-between rain/wind storms.

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5. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

Aloha,

Maui Now has more photos and videos, for those interested.

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6. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

Great advice. We were lucky to avoid both rain and winds, when we visited late last month. Calm seas for our early morning whale-watching trip out of Lahaina. By the time we moved over to the Big Island, however, Maui was getting lots of rain. We had virtually none, even in Hilo. Hope people don't try to take their rental cars off-roading in the mud!

Edited: 26 February 2013, 18:25
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7. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

We've been waiting to go to Haleakala or Iao Valley for the rain to stop, but the snorkeling sure has been good! I guess we're use to having wind this time of year on Hawaii since we're usually on Kauai and it always seems to be windy there. We've seen very little rain on the south side and the 3 days we went west this past week.

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8. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

bump

Just wanted it back on the first page for more people to see and READ and hopefully use the advise given!

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9. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

Aloha,

It has been extended again, see here:

www.co.maui.hi.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4184

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10. Re: High Winds again: February 25, 2013

bump

How's the wind Nick?