Major Flooding and Landslides in Kauai, Hawaii

Start Date

April 17, 2018

Overview

Severe flooding and landslides have been triggered by unusually heavy rains on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes.  Landslides triggered by the rain have whipped out homes and shut down the main highway leading to the island’s north shore, stranding residents in the island’s remote areas.  No injuries have been reported, but hundreds of homes are believed to have been severely damaged or destroyed.  Damage assessments are continuing, and the full extent of the disaster’s impacts are not yet known. 

Satellite photo of Kauai, Hawaii

Latest Updates

April 18, 2018
GPM IMERG rainfall accumulation from 4/10/18 - 4/16/18.
Video of A Week of Heavy Rainfall Over Hawaiian Islands A low pressure trough moving slowly westward through the northwestern Hawaiian Islands caused destructive flooding and mudslides over the past weekend. The trough disrupted the normal northeast trade winds flow north of Oahu on April 12, 2018. This caused extremely heavy rainfall as the trough deepened and moved very slowly over Kauai during the weekend. The 28.1 inches (713 mm) of rain reported in Hanalei within a 24 hour period was close to a record for the small town on Kauai's northern coast. Almost 32.4 inches (822 mm) of...