Maui County residents and visitors should be prepared for potential flash flooding and high surf as Tropical Cyclone Barbara approaches the islands over the weekend.
Affects from the storm are expected to begin Sunday evening and last until the middle of next week. Residents should prepare their household by making an emergency kit, creating a plan and staying informed.
Residents are also asked to conserve water during heavy rain and high wind events, which can cause power outages affecting the County’s treatment and distribution operations.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu estimates 2 to 4 inches of rain, primarily for East Maui, with 1 to 3 inches across the rest of the county. Surf is expected to reach 8 to 12 feet for east-facing shores on Maui and Molokai, with 15 to 30 miles per hour winds.
Maui Emergency Management Agency continues to track the storm, which is subject to change throughout the week, and will keep the public informed of any changes.