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Winter Storm Hits Hawaii and Breaks Records
  • Tens of thousands of customers lost electricity at times over the weekend.
  • Falling trees closed roads and damaged homes.
  • A man died after getting caught in rough surf off Maui.
  • Snow was reported at the Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

An intense storm that brought high winds, large surf and snow to Hawaii killed one person, injured at least five others and left a swath of damage across the islands.

A home in Halenani Place in Kihei was damaged when a large tree fell on it, Maui officials said. No one was injured.

Downed trees and power lines blocked many roads. Strong winds knocked a large tree onto two cars Saturday morning in downtown Honolulu.

In other places, the high surf pushed water onto coastal roads.

(MORE: Hawaii Storm Might Have Set the State’s All-Time Record Low; Snow Fell on Maui, Too)

The Hawaii Department of Transportation reported that most major highways were reopened Monday morning. An exception was Bayfront Highway in Hilo that was still closed because of the threat of high surf.

The DOT also tweeted that the Mauna Kea Access Road on the Big Island of Hawaii was closed because of black ice. Mauna Kea is 13,750 feet above sea level.

The Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area on Maui was blanketed in snow. Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources officials said it may have been the lowest elevation snowfall ever been recorded in the state. Polipoli is at an elevation of 6,200 feet. However, weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Erdman reports that it may have been graupel, small pellets of ice formed when tiny supercooled water droplets surround and freeze on a snowflake.

Boats broke free of their moorings, and some ran aground.

Tens of thousands of customers lost electricity at times over the weekend. At one point Sunday afternoon, the entire island of Maui had no power, the Star Advertiser reported. Up to 30,000 people on Oahu may have lost power Sunday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

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.

At least five people in Honolulu were injured, Hawaii News Now reported. Two were hit by falling trees or tree limbs. Another was in a truck hit by a falling telephone pole. That 33-year-old man suffered serious injuries. Two women were knocked over by high winds.

Falling branches also led to the escape of two ground hornbills at the Honolulu Zoo, KHON reported. Zoo staffers were planning to resume their search for the birds Monday morning.

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