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Kona Low Unleashing Mass Amounts of Moisture Across Hawaii, Creating Risk of Flash Flooding

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Spring is in full swing throughout the continental U.S. and beyond. While the Midwest and portions of the Northeast will be dodging storms, a Kona low over Hawaii will potentially ruin some vacation plans.

Here is a look at this soggy forecast for millions of Americans.

Life-Threatening Flash Flooding in Hawaii

The onslaught of several inches of rain is creating the risk of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of the Hawaiian islands. The slow-moving storm system is unleashing heavy amounts of tropical moisture.

Known by locals as a Kona low, this type of storm system is marked by its distinctive area of low pressure that stalls out over the islands and creates mass amounts of moisture.

The counterclockwise direction of the air flow sends moisture to the north across this part of the Pacific Ocean. This particular low has already sent over 9 inches of rain across the city of Lihue on the island of Kauai.

This remote island is located at the northwestern edge of the island chain. The island is especially susceptible to heavy rain events due to its low-water crossings and undeveloped infrastructure.


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