Hawaii winter storm: Heavy winds, high surf and even snow are expected
Strong winds knocked down trees and branches on roadways and structures and tore down traffic lights and power lines, causing power outages.
Hiro Toiya, director of the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, urged “extra caution driving.”
“Conditions are windy and we do have trees and utility poles and other objects falling onto the street,” he said
Hawaii Electric Light said that “due to unsafe weather conditions, crews will resume work when safe to do so. Mahalo for your patience.”
Snow. In Maui.
“For perhaps the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawai’i State Park. Polipoli State Park on Maui is blanketed with snow. It could be the lowest elevant snow ever recorded in the state. Polipoli is at 6,200 feet elevation,” the DLNR said.
Wind advisories in effect
CNN Meteorologist Monica Garrett said winds will diminish and weather conditions will improve throughout the day as the “low moves northeast of the area.”
“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.”
Speeds in Port Allen in Kauai County were as high as 67 mph and 191 mph at Mauna Kea Summit in Hawaii County.
Evacuation shelters opened in some areas but falling branches closed the Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. Beaches and parks are also closed.
CNN’s Judson Jones, Amanda Watts and Chris Boyette contributed to this report.