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OAHU RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT AN INCREASE OF STRONG STORM ACTIVITY OVERNIGHT AND INTO TOMORROW

The National Weather Service has informed the Department of Emergency Management that Oahu can expect an increase of strong storm activity overnight and into tomorrow.  Heavy rainfall and flooding, strong thunderstorm winds, hail and frequent periods of lightning are forecast with the peak effects occurring sometime Friday afternoon.

Although rainfall could be intense at times the bands of showers should move quickly over Oahu as the storm system tracks west of the state today thru Saturday.

Oahu is currently under a Flash Flood Watch thru Friday afternoon. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop quickly that could lead to flash flooding. Residents should be aware that it does not have to be raining heavily where they are for flash flooding to occur. Everyone should monitor TV and radio for the latest weather information and be prepared to take immediate action should the Flash Flood Watch be replaced with a Flash Flood Warning.

Flash Flood Preparedness

When a flash flood WARNING is issued for your area, or the moment you realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may have only SECONDS! Go to higher ground or climb to safety!

Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, washes, etc. Avoid already flooded and high velocity flow areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.

If driving, be aware that the road bed may not be intact under flood waters. Turn around and go another way. NEVER drive through flooded roadways!

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.

When you receive a FLASH FLOOD WARNING:

If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water.

Continue monitoring NOAA Weather Radio, television or radio for information.

During the flood:

Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.

If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way. Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Remember . . . Turn around, donít drown!

Children should NEVER play around high water, storm drains, culverts or viaducts.

Should you have a flood related emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.

Go to www.nixle.com/dem to sign up for email and text message alerts from the Department of Emergency Management.

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Media Contact: John M. Cummings III, DEM Public Information Officer, 723-8960