Dreary skies envelop isles
Fear of lightning cancels a golf event, and the threat of flooding looms
Officials of the Sony Open golf tournament canceled a qualifying round at Makaha Resort yesterday because of the possibility of lightning and thunder.
Police and Oahu Civil Defense reported heavy showers in Leeward and Central Oahu but nothing serious enough to cause road closures or damage. The weather forecast warned of the possibility of thundershowers, but no lightning or thunder were reported.
The National Weather Service's flash flood watch for Oahu and Kauai is expected to remain in effect through tomorrow. A high-surf advisory was in effect for east-facing shores.
The weather service said a Kona low system northwest of Kauai will continue to bring scattered heavy showers for Kauai as well as Oahu. "There's quite a bit of rain ... but nothing really spectacular so far," said forecaster Peter Donaldson.
The deep cloud layer was expected to bring a chilly night, with temperatures in the high 50s predicted for Wahiawa and Makaha.
The forecast showed the low-pressure system moving away from the islands and tradewinds returning later this week, good news for tourism officials who want sunny images broadcast from the Sony Open to lure visitors to the islands.
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Under gray skies, Kaimuki High School's paddling team, coached by Scott Shibuya, ended morning practice yesterday at Ala Moana Beach Park. CLICK FOR LARGE