Maui County Update #7WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii – Maui County Civil Defense officials want to remind residents that the tsunami warning is still in effect at this time.Many roads and streets within the tsunami inundation zones remain closed, although Maui police have reopened two high traffic intersections: Hana and Haleakala highways and Hana Highway and Baldwin Avenue.
Maui Fire Department helicopter pilots took to the sky at about 6 a.m. to look for any people who may be stranded by high waters. As of 6:50 a.m. fire officials said so far there have been no sign of people in need of help.
Mayor Alan Arakawa along with his directors from Public Works, Wastewater Management and the Department of Water Supply also went up in a helicopter to assess the situation from the air. The plan is for the directors -who are all engineers – to quickly evaluate which areas need repairs and/or cleanup and so that they can direct work crews on the ground.
Waves in Kahului Harbor were estimated at around five to six feet. Maui police officials said they received reports of a 9 foot wave hitting Lahaina Harbor this morning.
Update from county this AM. Kahului Harbor wave 5 to 6 feet, Lahaina Harbor 9 feet.