FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2006
HEAVY RAINS, GUSTY WINDS EXPECTED FOR OAHU
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Punaluu, Hauula and Laie until 5:45 p.m. The advisory could be extended or upgraded this evening. Heavy rains and gusty winds are expected on Oahu this evening and tomorrow. The entire state remains under a flash flood watch.
Radar indicate heavy showers near Punaluu at mid-afternoon. All of Oahu can expect heavy rains over the next 24 hours.
“We’re expecting continuing severe weather into tomorrow with heavy rains and wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour,” said Oahu Civil Defense Administrator Bill Balfour. “We advise people to stay off the roads if possible.”
Heavy rains for the past several weeks have saturated many areas of Oahu, raising the potential for flash floods.
The public is advised:
· Be aware that flooding conditions will cause road closures and traffic disruptions until the weather conditions improve.
· Do not allow young children to play along streams or near drainage ditches. Both of these areas can quickly turn deadly during periods of heavy rainfall.
· If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible. Floodwaters can rise rapidly and sweep a car and anyone inside away. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles. DO NOT attempt to drive through flooded areas in your vehicle as portions of the road may already be washed out or the water much deeper than it appears.
· If you experience a flood- related emergency and need assistance call 9-1-1. That includes people whose homes are threatened by flooding.
Oahu Civil Defense staff and volunteers will be monitoring stream and highway conditions.
John Cummings III, OCDA, 523-4121
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767