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Better weather ahead as remnants of Wali leave the Big Island behind

July 21, 2014 - 8:07am

Windward 24-hour rainfall totals as of 8 a.m. Sunday (in inches)

Glenwood — 3.62

Kulani — 3.54

Saddle Road Quarry — 3.21

Piihonua — 2.89

Waiakea Uka — 2.59

Mountain View — 2.55

Pahoa — 2.22

Hilo airport — 2.15

Laupahoehoe — 0.82

Leeward 24-hour rainfall totals as of 8 a.m. Sunday (in inches)

Pali 2 (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) — 1.98

Keaumo — 1.91

Kapapala Ranch (Ka‘u) — 1.35

Pohakuloa Keamuku — 0.81

Pahala — 0.78

Waikii (leeward Saddle Road) — 0.50

South Point — 0.29

Normal trade wind weather patterns may begin to return late today as Hawaii emerges from a statewide flash flood watch.

As of late Sunday, the watch was expected to end at 6 p.m. today.

The worst of the weather should have passed Hawaii Island by then, though some areas could still see heavy rains or thunder tonight, said meteorologist Maureen Ballard with the National Weather Service.

“We do expect things to start trending down at that point,” she said.

Conditions for the island were mostly calm Sunday following heavy rains in windward areas the day before.

The heaviest downpour was recorded in Glenwood, where 3.62 inches fell in a 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Ballard noted that number may not paint the whole picture.

“Some of the heaviest stuff missed the gauges,” she said.

Leeward areas remained mostly dry in comparison.

Rainfall was higher on Oahu. One gauge there measured 13.85 inches in 24 hours.

Darryl Oliveira, county Civil Defense administrator, said around noon Sunday there had been no reports of storm-related issues.

“We have been really fortunate over the weekend,” he said.

Oliveira said the county’s emergency operations center stood down at 11 p.m. Saturday.

Still, crews with county Public Works and state Department of Transportation remained on standby, he said.

A two-vehicle collision blocked Saddle Road briefly Saturday but it didn’t appear to be connected to the weather, according to police. There were no fatalities.

The wet weather has been caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Wali and a larger area of tropical moisture, Ballard said. The system still stretched “a few hundred miles to the east,” she said around noon Sunday.

“It’s a huge system,” Ballard said.

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