The Latest: Tourism authority: Business as usual after storm

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Posted: Jul 25, 2016 7:48 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a tropical storm near Hawaii (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority says it's "business as usual" for the islands as Tropical Depression Darby leaves the state.

The authority notes that all airports, highways and roads are open Monday. Parks statewide that were closed for safety reasons because of Tropical Storm Darby will be reopening Monday and throughout the week. Visitors are encouraged to check on the status of a park before planning an excursion.

Darby was downgraded Monday from a tropical storm, but it is still expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of additional rainfall over parts of the islands.

Brown water advisories have been issued for coastal water off Oahu, the Big Island and Kauai's Hanalei Bay from storm and flood runoff. Not all waters may be affected but officials advise staying out of the water if it's brown.

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9:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service says Tropical Depression Darby is weakening as it moves away from Hawaii.

Darby was downgraded Monday from a tropical storm but is still expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of additional rainfall over parts of the islands.

Forecasters expect Darby to dissipate by Wednesday.

Heavy rains Sunday led to problems for motorists. A major portion of Honolulu's H-1 freeway was closed in both directions because of flooding. The freeway is now open in both directions, but some surface streets remain closed because of mud and debris.

Brown water advisories have been issued for Oahu and Big Island coastal water from storm and flood runoff. Not all waters may be affected but officials advise staying out of the water if it's brown

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4:15 a.m.

Tropical storm warnings for Oahu and Kauai have been called off as the system moves away from Hawaii, but flash flood watches are still in effect.

The National Weather Service said early Monday that heavy rain is still a threat and surf on the two islands' eastern shores could reach up to 8 feet.

Officials say moderate to heavy downpours were occurring and flooding was expected to persist until the rain eases later in the morning.

Honolulu police had urged drivers to stay off roadways as some flooding occurred late Sunday on the H-1 Freeway and some other major thoroughfares.

Tropical Storm Darby, which is about 65 miles northwest of Lihue, Kauai, is expected to keep getting weaker and become a tropical depression later Monday.

The Kauai mayor's office says no road closures or damage have been reported.

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11:45 p.m.

Heavy rains from a tropical storm passing near Hawaii caused driving woes on Oahu.

The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood warning for the island.

The Honolulu Police Department called on drivers to stay off many area roadways due to high waters.

The department said late Sunday that there was flooding and ponding on the H-1 Freeway and some other major thoroughfares.

According to KHON-TV, the Honolulu Fire Department said that as of 10 p.m. its crews had responded to dozens of weather-related incidents.

It said that those incidents included 59 calls for help for water evacuation due to flooded conditions.

Firefighters say 30 of those calls were from Kalihi and 10 from the Nuuanu area.