Strong storm brings damage - and snow - to Hawaii

Winter Storm Brought Strong Winds High Surf and Even Snow to Hawaii

Winter Storm Brought Strong Winds High Surf and Even Snow to Hawaii

Hirokazu Toiya, Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, said: "Pay attention to your surroundings and to the wave conditions".

Almost every winter, the rest of the continental United States is surprised by headlines announcing that snow has graced the summits of Hawaii's tallest peaks.

The DLNR's State Parks office "reports that perhaps for the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawai'i State Park", officials said on Facebook.

"[Forecasters] are calling this an unprecedented event and we concur that we rarely if ever have seen the combination of record-high on-shore waves, coupled with gale force winds, " said Sam Lemmo, administrator of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources. This video is believed to have been shot at an elevation of 6,200 feet, inside a Hawaii State Park.

Melissa Dye, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Honolulu, told HuffPost that Polipoli saw 4-foot drifts of snow, though park rangers were unable to measure it due to strong winds.

"A band of enhanced moisture is expected to move through Tuesday night and Wednesday as the trade winds begin to return, increasing shower coverage and intensity once again". The road is shut down whenever visibility drops below 50 feet, or winds gust to 65 miles per hour or greater.

Speeds in Port Allen in Kauai County were as high as 67 miles per hour and 191 miles per hour at Mauna Kea Summit in Hawaii County.

Mayor Kim wrote: "The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the Big Island". Beaches and parks are also closed. Two ground hornbill birds escaped from the Honolulu Zoo after the storm damaged their enclosure.

'That's the strongest wind gust I've ever seen up there, ' said Jon Jelsema, senior forecaster at the Weather Service office in Honolulu.

In Oahu's North Shore on Sunday, coastal flooding occurred because of the "huge storm surf", KNHL reported.

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