Hawaii storm 2019: One Man Dies, Seven People Rescued.
A deadly, intense storm packing high winds, destructive surf and even snow hit Hawaii over the weekend.
The storm brought large waves, some as high as 60 feet, and wind gusts up to 60 mph, the National Weather Service warned.
“Pay attention to your surroundings and to the wave conditions,” Honolulu Department of Emergency Management director Hirokazu “Hiro” Toiya said Friday at a press conference. “And make plans to evacuate your home if you have to. We hope you don’t need to, but be prepared to do that if the need comes.”
The storm is being cited in the death of a 66-year-old California man who got stuck Friday in rough ocean conditions in Napili Bay, off northwest Maui, the Associated Press reported. Rescuers were unable to revive him. A woman who was with him was also pulled from the surf, but she was not injured. Their names have not been released.
Seven people had to be rescued Saturday from Sandy Beach on Oahu, KITV reported.
All beach parks in the county of Hawaii were closed at midnight Saturday, Mayor Harry Kim tweeted. State parks were closing at 10 a.m. Sunday and campers were ordered to leave.
County parks were also closed on the island of Maui and the island of Ohau. All north and west-facing beach parks from Kekaha to Anahola on Kauai also were closed.
“It’s always better to be safe, than sorry,” Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said in a news release. “Weather forecasters expect coastal flooding along with powerful wind gusts that may down trees, power lines and even blow over vehicles. I strongly encourage everyone to stay at home and stay informed.”
Bayfront Highway in Hilo was closed because of high surf, the state’s transportation department said. Other roads had been closed by falling trees.
A downed pole forced the closure of Kunia Road in both directions on Honolulu on Sunday, KHON reported.
Honolulu police also closed Kilauea Avenue in both directions between Elepaio Street and Hunakai Street because of live electric wires.
A downed tree closed the westbound right lane of Hawaii Highway 1 West near the School Street on-ramp.
The left lane on Pali Highway in Honolulu near Waokanaka Street was partially blocked by a downed tree and power lines.
Strong winds knocked a large tree onto at least three moving cars Saturday morning in downtown Honolulu, the Star Advertiser reported.
Officials on the island of Kauai urged residents of areas prone to flooding to leave their homes, KITV reported.
The American Red Cross opened two shelters on Oahu and one on Kauai, Hawaii News Now reported.
The Honolulu Zoo closed about 11:30 a.m. local time Sunday because of falling limbs.