Tourists stranded on Kauai in Hawaii due to severe flooding

Tourists stranded on Kauai in Hawaii due to severe flooding

About 40 people - mostly tourists - were stranded Sunday at Hanalei Elementary School, where the American Red Cross had opened an evacuation shelter.

Over the course of a 24-hour period, Kauai island in Hawaii was flooded with over 27 inches of rain. Coralie Chun Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Hawaii, told the Associated Press that the shelter briefly ran out of food and water when weather grounded helicopters, keeping the Hawaii Guard from delivering supplies to the shelter.

Air rescue operations have commenced on the North Shore area of Kauai, in response to the heavy rain and severe flooding that continues to affect the island. Volunteers have been trying to get food and water into the shelter through the raging floods.

Ms Blane said rescuers had airlifted 212 people from Wainiha and Haena after they were cut off from the rest of the island by landslides on Kuhio Highway past Hanalei Bay.

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By the afternoon, flood waters receded enough for a bus to take them to another shelter, the Red Cross said. At least two houses on the north shore completely washed off their foundations, county spokeswoman Sarah Blane said.

"The water came through my mom's bedroom and down the hallway", she said.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. assessed the damage by helicopter, saying: "While we have a long road to recovery ahead of us, we are incredibly grateful for everyone who has stepped to the plate to help in one way or another". Miraculously, as of now, no deaths or injuries related to the storm have been reported. NWS noted that this storm was likely to have broken the 28.54 inch record for maximum rainfall in a day that was set in March 2012.

The National Weather Service recorded 28.1 inches (71.3 centimeters) of rainfall in Hanalei between 2 a.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday. Several areas in east Kauai, such as Wailua, Kapaa, and Anahola, experienced significant flooding.Here are significant rainfall totals from Kauai during the 24-hour period ending at 4 PM HST on April 15, 2018. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502.

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