Hawaii Storm Ravages Islands Leaving Thousands Without Power

by Maria Hartfield

A rare storm ripped through the aloha state earlier this week leaving thousands of residents without power. Tourists visiting the island chain canceled wedding plans and amongst other beach activities as floods seize Hawaii. It brought up to 8 inches of snow to some of the state’s highest peaks mostly found on Hawaii Island.

The dangerous weather forced Hawaii Gov. David Ige to issue a state of emergency for the entire state on Monday night.

Honolulu firefighters rescued 90 people during the torrential downpour. This included rescuing five children ages 9 and 10 from a raging creek on Oahu. Additionally, the firemen rescued an elderly woman trapped in a room by floodwaters, reported Hawaii News Now.

“The home was later evacuated after a sidewall had collapsed from the flooding water around their home,” they told HNN.

Heavy rains and powerful winds continue through Tuesday with no mercy for the aloha state. Weather forecasters reported the storm should let up as it moves offshore Wednesday. This should implement drier conditions for the rest of the week.

Flood Watch Remains for Two Hawaiian Islands

A flood watch remains in effect for two of the Hawaiian Islands, Niihau and Kauai through Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. The flash flood warning for Oahu, Hawaii’s most populated state has ended as scattered showers begin to slow.

The tropical storm brought a whopping foot of water and up to 100mph wind gusts through the islands successfully knocking out power for 4,500 Hawaii residents as of Tuesday morning, according to PowerOutage.us.

Hawaiian Electric sent out a news release confirming most of downtown Honolulu will remain without power until Wednesday morning.

Photos posted to social media show the state covered in debris, as well as dangerously high water levels, rising up to the headlights of cars.

Maui recorded a shocking 11.28 inches of rain on its southern shores. As a result, three couples from the mainland postponed their Maui wedding plans, said Nicole Bananno, wedding florist and owner of the Bella Bloom Floral boutique in Wailea.

“The roads, everything is a mess,” said Nicole. “There are lots of trees down.”

Pearl Harbor veterans still planned to meet up in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the attack a Navy spokesperson told The Associated Press.

Hawaii’s Unusual Winter Weather

The unusually dangerous storm is a seasonal cyclone known as a Kona low. It typically affects the Hawaiian Islands during the winter months. Winds gather from the west or “Kona” direction bringing heavy rains to areas not typically exposed to such severe conditions, the weather service reported.

AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said, “There is the potential for up to a foot of rain to fall on Honolulu with an AccuWeather Local StormMax of 40 inches possible for the south- and southwest-facing mountainsides of the islands.”