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Strong Storm Brings Heavy Winds, Outages, Snow, Flooding to Hawaii

2019-02-12 23:59
Winds reaching speeds of up to 190 mph uprooted trees, leaving them across roadways and power lines. At Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, winds took down kiawe trees believed to be nearly a century old, reported local station KNHL. Snowfall is not unheard of in Hawaii, and often blankets the state’s highest mountains. But snow in the Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area on the island of Maui might be a first. Sam Lemmo, Administrator of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, said that “We rarely, if ever, have seen the combination of record high on-shore waves, coupled with gale force winds.” National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Foster told the Star-Advertiser that “The immediate threat from this strong, low pressure system is about over.”