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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 12:45 am

LIHUE — The Hawaii Department of Health issued a brown water advisory for the east and northeast areas of Kauai Tuesday.

The areas covered include Nawiliwili to Hanalei due to heavy rains.

The public is advised to stay out of flood waters and storm water runoff due to possible overflowing cesspools, sewer manholes, pesticides, animal fecal matter, dead animals, pathogens, chemicals, and associated flood debris, the DOH release states.

The announcement came one day after the island experienced heavy rains, and thunderstorms that lasted until early Tuesday.

Additionally, if coastal waters are turbid and brown, people are advised to stay out.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources reopened the Kakalau Trail Tuesday.

The trail was closed on Monday due to forecasts of thunderstorms, a flash flood warning for Kauai blanketing the island for most of Monday morning.

The Hanalei Elementary School closed at 1 p.m., Monday. The school was scheduled to reopen Tuesday morning, but in light of flash flood warnings  and Tuesday rains, remained closed Tuesday.

There were no other reports of major weather-related incidents.

The National Weather Service reported the rains are a result of a weakening upper level low pressure area about 150 miles northwest of Kauai.

The system is moving away from the Hawaiian Islands, which will result in the moist and unstable air being replaced with much drier, stable air.

In addition to the low-pressure system moving away, a high-pressure area to the northeast of the island will also move away resulting in several days of light winds.

NWS observations indicated Mt. Waialeale recorded 5.66 inches of rain over a 24-hour period ending 11 a.m., Tuesday, 3.48 inches falling in a 12-hour period.

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