Flood advisory extended for Oahu; Honolulu Zoo closed

Oahu is under flood and brown water advisories today as heavy showers continue to soak the island.

A series of radar mages shows areas of moisture moving over Oahu this morning.

Oahu is under flood and brown water advisories today as heavy showers continue to soak the island.

City officials also announced late this morning that the Honolulu Zoo is closed for the rest of the day because of the rain.

“At 11:06 a.m., radar showed heavy rain over Oahu with more showers moving up from the south. Radars and rain gauges show rain falling at up to 2 inches per hour,” National Weather Service officials said in an updated advisory at 11:10 a.m.

“Stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding,” they advise.

Just after 11 a.m., officials issued a brown water advisory for the entire island.

”Heavy rain has resulted in stormwater runoff entering into coastal waters. The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer, manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris,” the city advisory said.

Unsettled weather is expected to prevail over most of the state in the next few days as an area of low pressure moves closer. That means it will remain muggy, with mostly cloudy skies statewide, periods of heavy rain, especially over Oahu through mid-day and a slight chance of thunderstorms. A drying trend is expected for Kauai and Oahu Thursday and Friday, just in time for the weekend.

Vog levels remain in check, with air quality rated as good today, according to airnow.gov, using data from the state health department.

A flash flood watch also remains in effect for Oahu through tonight, while a flash flood watch is in effect for Maui County through Thursday afternoon.

“A low-pressure system approaching the islands from the northwest will bring the threat of slow-moving bands of showers, with embedded heavy rain,” forecasters said in a bulletin.

Meanwhile, a high surf advisory is in effect for the north and west shores of Kauai County, Oahu and Molokai. The north-facing shores of Maui are also under the advisory.

“Expect strong breaking waves, shore break, and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous,” weather officials said in a bulletin.

Kauai is seeing some improvement, but very wet weather overnight and this morning for Oahu. Rainfall rates of 1 inch per hour were reported for Pearl City area before sunrise.

Southerly winds continue to bring us volcanic haze and humid conditions as well.

Surf has grown large enough to trigger advisories along most north and west shores. Be safe! Experts only in the water.

Today’s waves will be 12-16 feet north, 8-12 feet west, 1-3 feet east, 2 feet or less south.

Flood Advisory for Oahu until 8:15 a.m. This could be extended and/or expanded.

High Surf Advisory for north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai. North shores only for Maui.

Small Craft Advisory for most windward waters due to the large open ocean swell.

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