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UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning ends for Kauaʻi

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This story was updated at 3:11 p.m.

The National Weather Service has canceled the flash flood watch.

Previous update:

The National Weather Service has ended a severe thunderstorm warning for Kauaʻi.

Previous update:


At 5:31 a.m. Monday a severe thunderstorm was located 6 miles west of Polihale and moving east at 55 mph. Wind gusts of 60 mph and quarter-size hail are expected.

Large hail and damaging winds and continuous cloud-to-ground lightning are occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately. For your protection, also move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Lightning is one of nature’s leading killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

At 5:44 a.m., severe thunderstorms capable of producing waterspouts and large hail were located over the Kauaʻi Channel, with additional storms advancing eastward toward the Oʻahu windward and leeward waters.


Waterspouts can easily overturn boats and create locally hazardous seas. Small craft could be damaged in briefly higher winds and suddenly higher waves. Large hail could result in structural damage.

Locations impacted include: Nawiliwili Harbor, FAD Buoy CK, FAD Buoy EK, Southern Tip of
Niʻihau, FAD Buoy J, Kukuiula Harbor, FAD Buoy CO and FAD Buoy WK.

Prepare for gusty winds, steep and fast-building seas, and blinding downpours. If you are on the water, stay low or go below, and make sure all on board are wearing life jackets.

Due to wet and muddy conditions, the following Kauaʻi County facilities and services are closed on Monday:

  • The Kekaha Landfill is closed until further notice
  • Green waste at the Kapa‘a and Līhu‘e refuse transfer stations are closed. However, all other services at Kapaa and Līhu‘e remain open.

For updates on road conditions and closures, call 808-241-1725. Please do not call Kaua‘i police 911 unless you have an emergency.

For weather updates call the National Weather Service automated weather line at 808-245-6001, or visit the NWS website, www.weather.gov/hfo.

To sign up for Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS), the county’s emergency notification service, please go to the county’s website, www.kauai.gov and click on “Sign up for Emergency Notifications.” You can call the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at 808-241-1800.

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