- More than a foot of rain fell in some areas.
- A tree fell on a water tank supplying 250 homes.
- Thousands were without power.
Homes were flooded, roads blocked by mudslides and water and power knocked out to parts of the Hawaiian Islands after a seasonal storm system known as a Kona low dumped more than a foot of rain on some areas from Sunday night into Tuesday.
The Honolulu Fire Department responded to at least 47 storm-related calls through Monday afternoon, including damaged roofs, downed trees and arcing power lines, a fire official said in a news conference.
There were also reports of floodwaters inundating homes, and requests for assistance with vehicle rescues and evacuations.
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Video posted to social media Tuesday morning showed pouring rain in Waikiki.
Another video showed water flowing over streets.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency through at least Friday.
“The emergency declaration allows the state to use (funds) to support state and county efforts in providing quick and efficient relief of suffering, damage, and losses caused by flooding and other effects of heavy rains,” Ige said on Twitter.
Four shelters were open Monday night around the island of Oahu. All Honolulu city parks, the Honolulu Zoo and schools were closed Monday. Three schools on Oahu and one on Maui remained closed Tuesday, according to the Hawaii Department of Education.
A ceremony to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack went on as planned Tuesday at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial near Honolulu.
On the Big Island, a tree fell onto a water tank that supplied 250 homes, KHON-TV reported.
“God had his hand on us in the storm,” David Smith, a resident of the community of Volcano, told the station.
Three massive trees fell on Smith’s property, but missed his family’s home.
“It could have been a whole lot worse. So I’m just thankful we’re safe. Our house is safe. My jeep is safe,” he said. “So we’ll just hunker down until it’s over and move forward.”
About 5,000 customers remained without power Tuesday afternoon, with more than half of them in Maui County, according to poweroutage.us.
“South Maui was especially hit hard by significant flooding while other areas are coping with fallen trees, storm debris, downed power lines and other hazards,” said Mayor Michael Victorino, according to the Maui News.
Cameron Nelson, who lives in Maui Meadows, told the News it took about a minute for a gulch beside his home to turn into a roaring flood of water late Sunday night.
“I have a gulch on one side and a huge drop-off 20-foot waterfall,” Nelson said. “I went to look at it and it was drizzling. I came home and 60 seconds later I heard Niagara Falls. … Within 60 seconds it was 15 feet wide and rushing at full velocity.”
About a foot of water flooded a room on the lower level of his house.
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