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Monster waterspout spotted swirling off Big Island

KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - All flood watches and advisories have now expired and many parts of the state are now drying out.

On Sunday morning, people in Kona saw hail and a waterspout off shore.

"Oh my gosh, look at that, it's a funnel right over the water," said Kanoe Nitta, a Kailua-Kona resident.

Debbie and Moke Hauanio witnessed a waterspout forming near Keahole Point.

Kanoe Nitta also captured yet another one as she and her family looked on as not one, but two waterspouts formed off shore.

The family lives in the Kona Palisades area. They say word spread fast.

"My daughter goes on Facebook and she had a couple of friends I think put up pictures that they were a little bit closer to it and they also took pictures of," said Patty Nitta, a Kona Palisades resident.

The waterspout caused a lot of excitement, but there were no reports of any damage.

Video submitted by Jody Silva in the Paradise Park area also shows what appears to be a lightning strike just yards away from where the video was shot.

The weather has since calmed down.

And more pictures of the storm sent in from Hawaii News Now viewers show the heavy rain coming down as it approached Kailua-Kona.

Another picture showed an impressive lighting display seen high atop Mauna Kea.

On the Valley Isle, residents reported hail in Kahului as well as in Sprecklesville. That's where Glenn Beadles caught pictures of the quarter-sized hail that fell.


He says the chunks of ice didn't last very long, but it was a rare sight for many residents to get hail.

Jason Naha also snapped photos as he caught the lightning show on Maui. Naha says the sound of thunder woke him up at about 4:30 Sunday morning.

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