Downed trees, blown roofs, power outages: Strong wind gusts create mess on Oahu

Strong wind is creating quite the mess across the islands this weekend with wind gusts reaching up to 60 mph.

It’s kept the Honolulu Fire Department busy Saturday. As of 9:15 p.m., firefighters have had to respond to 72 weather-related incidents: 48 blown roofs, 20 downed trees and three power line issues and one report of arcing wires.

Hawaiian Electric reports Sunday that there were more than 100 separate outages in the past 24 hours, affecting about 100,000 customers. All but about 1,900 in Palolo had been restored by Sunday morning and there are still dozens of localized outages across the island, including in Wahiawa, Manoa and Kalihi.

In Manoa Valley, many homes wound up with roof damage and several residents in Hawaii Kai weren’t able to leave their apartment due to the weather.

Folks living in an apartment complex on Hahaione Street got quite the surprise when they woke up Saturday morning.

“I heard a huge crash and I told my husband something broke,” said Phyliss Francis-Wigfall. “It sounded like something fell.”

Strong winds blew the top off the covering of one parking stall and tossed the metal sheet onto another one nearby. The debris blocked in dozens of cars and narrowly missed others.

Joseph Wigfall heard the commotion and initially thought it was thunder. “It was so scary, my daughter jumped out of bed and ran into the room,” he said. “That was some serious wind last night and this morning.”

Over in Manoa, power lines snapped and were left dangling. Trees and roofs were battered, too, with a tree uprooted and toppled over, and shingles blown off the roofs of houses that lay scattered on the ground.

The home of Mike Chung even had its solar panels ripped off. “It was really loud,” Chung said. “We heard the rumbling, we heard the wind coming down, and we heard some rattling on the roof and then something flew off.” He was told the panels were supposed to have withstood winds up to 100 miles per hour.

Hawaiian Airlines also reports two round-trip flights to and from Lanai from Honolulu have been cancelled due to windy weather.

The travelers who were scheduled to board those two flights on Saturday were not put in a hotel. KHON2 was told they all had a place to stay.

Sustained winds on Lanai are currently 43 mph.

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