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    Wali to Increase Rainfall, Raise Flood Risk Over Hawaii

    By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    July 22, 2014, 1:13:08 AM EDT

    Although no longer a tropical storm, Wali will spread some heavy rainfall into portions of the Hawaiian Islands.

    Wali has lost its tropical storm and depression status southeast of Hawaii, but will bring an uptick in humidity levels and eventually shower activity.

    The rainfall will continue to ramp up over the islands through Monday.

    According to AccuWeather.com Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "While Wali poses no threat from strong winds, it will bring the risk of flash flooding."


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    Most of the rainfall will occur over the northeastward- and eastward-facing shoreline of the islands and will be filtered out by the mountains, but some stray storms can occur elsewhere.

    According to Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, "The combination of Wali's moisture and a weak system moving westward in front of Wali will kick up drenching downpours."

    In Hilo, heavy showers brought over an inch of rain in a span of a couple of hours Saturday evening local time.

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    Since the system is relatively weak and is forecast to get weaker, it is unlikely to bring a substantial increase in wave action. However, inexperienced bathers and boarders should exercise caution through Monday as swells propagate outward from the storm.

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