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11/06/2007

Hawaii soaked by heavy rains, high surf


Photo Gallery: Hawaii Hit Hard by Heavy Rains
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Hawaii, USA

The first storm of the season sent boulders crashing into two O'ahu homes Sunday, caused power outages across much of the island and triggered sewage spills totaling nearly 2 million gallons. And more rain is on the way. Showers are forecast for the rest of the week. A boulder measuring about 4 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet rumbled through a bedroom wall and crashed onto the bed of a 14-year-old girl, who had uncharacteristically awakened moments before. In a 12-hour period, Waimanalo saw 7.3 inches of rain and Mililani had 5.6 inches. A rain gauge in Punalu'u recorded 3 inches of rain per hour. The deluge lasted 10 hours and unleashed millions of gallons of rain that overwhelmed storm drains and wastewater treatment plants. The lightning and thunder were caused by a kona low-pressure weather system out of the north that moved southeast, passing from Kaua'i to O'ahu to Maui. The weather service issued a high-surf warning for south-facing shores for all Islands. The weather service also warned boaters that the swell could cause harbor surges. "A south swell like this is PRETTY UNUSUAL for this late in the year. Usually south swells are in the summer. A high-surf warning of 15 feet for the south shore is pretty UNUSUAL for any time of the year."
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