Flash Floods Have Devastated Hawaii: Here's What We Know So Far
On Sunday, the North Shore of Kauai received 28 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Though heavy rainfall is common on the Hawaiian island, many locals are describing this weekend's storm as the worst they've ever seen, dubbing it the "100-year flood." Before and after photos of the island are startling—walls of water and dirt close to 20 feet high drenching previously pristine, green areas.
"I've lived here all my life and this is one of the most serious situations on Kauai," local mayor Bernard Carvalho told Hawaii News Now. "Things are just terrible. What we're really focusing on right now is search and rescue ... and a thorough damage assessment."
No injuries have been reported yet, but dozens of homes on the island have been damaged in mudslides and flash floods—a handful of them torn from their foundations. So far, the Red Cross has opened three shelters to accommodate victims and the Hawaii National Guard is working to airlift in supplies.
"Mother nature is definitely speaking to us," local surfer Laird Hamilton wrote on his Instagram Monday, alongside photos and videos of the damage. "Help wherever and however you’re able."