Hawaii Winter Storm Brings 60-Foot Waves, Damaging winds, Power Outages

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A winter storm reached Hawaii over the weekend, bringing dangerous surf conditions and damaging winds.

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Waves near Waimea Bay on the north shore of Oahu surpassed 60 feet Sunday afternoon, meteorologist Gavin Shigesato with the National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office told USA TODAY. Surf heights hit 45 feet on another part of the island, according to observation reports.

Gusty winds, reaching a high of 53 mph in Oahu, knocked down trees and caused power outages throughout the islands, Shigesato said. About 26,870 customers throughout the state did not have power at 4 p.m. local time Sunday, according to Poweroutage.us. Debris on Sunday closed roads in downtown Honolulu and in the Waikiki area, Shigesato said.

All state parks closed Sunday morning after the County of Hawaii closed beach parks on Saturday night.

The Honolulu Zoo  before noon Sunday because of falling branches. Two African ground hornbills escaped from their enclosure, local station KITV reported, and officials asked the public not to approach them, and to call authorities if spotted.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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