Flash Flood Watch Continues Throughout Hawaii

Nov 18, 2019

Updated: Nov. 19, 6:30 a.m.

A flash flood watch for all islands has been extended by the National Weather Service through Tuesday afternoon.

NWS said an upper level low will remain stationary over the western part of the state, bringing the threat of flash floods and locally heavy rains before moving east.

A flash flood watch means conditions are favorable for flash flooding, which can be life-threatening. The weather service advises residents and visitors to head for higher ground if water rises but do not attempt to cross fast-flowing water.

Over the weekend, a Kauai woman was swept out to sea by a flash flood, officials said. The 49-year-old woman and two others were attempting to evacuate a Kauai home along the Wainiha River when their boat flipped in the rushing water early Sunday, Associated Press reported.

A man and child reached safety, but the woman was swept away, authorities said. She was found downstream on a shoreline below a cliff, emergency personnel said. The woman was being treated, based on media reports.