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High winds causing power outages, blown roofs on Oahu

By Holly Juscen – bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A huge slab of Bruce Ing's roof ripped right off his Manoa home and flew into his neighbors house and car -- luckily no one was injured. Firefighters were called out to his home on Pawaina Street to help repair the damage. Ing says these are the worst winds he seen in Manoa in years.

Just around the corner on Pinao Street, the same situation for Mike Young. The Manoa resident got a unexpected call at work, his neighbor frantically telling him his roof was blown out, "I thought it was just a small portion of my roof, but as I was driving up I saw and a huge piece had blown down the street onto another home," says Young.

The Honolulu Fire Department says there have been two dozen "blown roof" calls over the past three days. The wind gusts have reached over 50 mph in certain areas on all islands.

High winds also caused power outages all over Oahu Four thousand Hawaiian Electric customers in Iwilei, Salt Lake, Manoa, Upper Kalihi valley and other areas spent some time in the dark. Power lines crossed each other in the wind and shorted out.

On the Pali Lookout winds whipped up so high that people were holding on to their kids, just trying to be safe. Tuesday night powerful gust blew a part of a wall off the building at the Foodland on Beretania. The store did patch it up and stayed open Wednesday.

The high-wind advisory will remain in effect until Thursday evening across all islands.

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