Huge Rainfall Swamps Big Island
In the tropics, frequent showers and thunderstorms aren’t uncommon. But rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Iselle has innundated parts of the Big Island of Hawaii and as of 10:45 a.m. local time, it was still falling.
And as of 8:45 a.m. HST, there are some impressive 24-hour rain totals being reported:
Saddle Quarry: 14.28″
Pua Akala: 12.19″
Compared to other parts of the Big Island, Hilo has only had partly 3.34″ of rain.
The heaviest rain associated with Iselle has been on the southeastern side of the island. And that’s not terribly surprising considering the 14,000 foot mountain that sits in the middle of the Big Island. Mauna Loa has acted to enhance rain on the on it’s eastern flank.
All of this rain has caused some flash flooding on the eastern half of the island; turning serene waterfalls into raging torrents or water. Below are some of the images we found on social media that represent the some of the flooding.
Wailiku river after hurricane Iselle pic.twitter.com/fXgeneWR6b
— BJ PENN (@bjpenndotcom) August 8, 2014
— Alan Lakritz (@MrSpahky) August 8, 2014
— Kawehi GW (@GWKawehi) August 8, 2014