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:
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