(HONOLULU) – Following a forecast of “catastrophic” rainfall, flash floods and landslides, Hawaii Governor David Ige has declared a state of emergency for the tropical state.
“Now is the time to make sure you have a contingency plan in place and supplies ready if you need to step away from the rising waters,” Ige said at a press conference Monday night.
The city of Honolulu recorded its wettest day in December on Monday after receiving 8 inches of rain. It also recorded the most single-day precipitation since 1958, when it received 15.32 inches.
“A Kona low to the northwest of the islands will continue to bring the threat of heavy rain and a few thunderstorms with gusty winds to Kauai County and Oahu today, and potentially tonight,” the National said. Weather Service Forecast Office of Honolulu.
While Monday’s flash flood warning for Oahu has since expired, there is still active flood monitoring for the island.
Due to the heavy downpour, the Oahu Emergency Management Department has reported cases of vehicle rescues, water evacuation requests, flooded homes and road closures.
“The H-1 highway and several roads in the city are experiencing considerable flooding, so limit travel where possible,” the department said.
Images and videos from Twitter showed flooding indoors and cars and buses circulating and stranded in the flood waters.
Daniel Peck of ABC News contributed to this report.
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