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High winds thrash Isles

Earth News: Hawaii, USA
Photo: Trees bend as a powerful gust pummels Waimanalo. The wind out of the southwest — the opposite direction from the usual trade winds — arrived Monday in advance of a cold front and caused electrical failures and other problems statewide.
RICHARD AMBO The Honolulu Advertiser More Photos


Jan 30, 2007
The wind blew big Monday, reaching 74 mph on Makua Ridge and knocking over poles and trees, downing utility wires and cutting electricity to more than 30,000 customers statewide. The high winds were out of the southwest, moving ahead of a cold front and blowing strongest in the opposite direction of normal trade winds. "You can expect to see several cold fronts through the winter. This is not out of the ordinary, but it is FAIRLY RARE." The weather report was for the winds to intensify and to get stronger until midnight Tuesday, so they were gearing up for perhaps more problems. High winds weren't the only threat. Waves as high as 45 feet were predicted for O'ahu's North Shore overnight. The waves were expected to reach shore after midnight, and combined with a high tide, put low-lying areas at risk of being inundated. "Oh my God, it's so windy the chicken laid the same egg twice."

Video: High Winds

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