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Severe rainfall strands dozens at Hawaii evacuation shelter

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Dozens of people are stranded at a shelter on Kauai after a storm dropped over 2 feet of rain, causing massive flooding and grounding rescue helicopters.

Gov issued an emergency proclamation for the island where heavy rainfall damaged or flooded dozens of homes in Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena and Anahola.

About 40 people - mostly tourists - were stranded Sunday at Hanalei Elementary School, where the had opened an evacuation shelter. They briefly ran out of and water.

Coralie Chun Matayoshi, of the in Hawaii, said the county's offered to deliver to the evacuees by personal watercraft, but a nearby business was also dealing with flooding and unable to provide the supplies to be delivered.

The Guard offered to deliver by air, but the weather kept the helicopters grounded.

Officials will continue rescue efforts when the weather improves.

The was coordinating with the and the to provide air and search and rescue operations on the North Shore.

The recorded almost 27 inches (68 centimeters) of rainfall in a 24-hour period in Hanalei.

said county officials had to call in off-duty firefighters, police officers and lifeguards Saturday night to rescue about a half-dozen people who were trapped by rising floodwaters in Hanalei.

The opened evacuation shelters at Kapaa Middle School, the in and at the elementary school. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 12:35 IST