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Storm causes a variety of problems around Oahu

Bill Crowley Bill Crowley

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bad weather caused a fair share of problems around Oahu.  The Honolulu Fire Department responded to a dozen weather related calls including three blown roofs and four fallen trees.  None of those incidents caused any injuries.

Hawaiian Electric Company says there were six major outages today affecting Ewa, Waipahu, Central Oahu, Kaneohe, Kailua and Pearl City.  As of 5:30 all power had been restored and there were no outages remaining.

A tree fell onto Kamehameha Highway in front of the Yamashiro Ace Hardware.  Traffic was blocked a short time and luckily there weren't any injuries.

The weather caused a lot car crashes as well.  It was windy and rainy at the time the driver of this Lexus lost control on a residential Kaneohe street.

"I know he hopped the curb and hit the tree and from there he flipped over, yeah that's crazy," said Lorrence Suyat, who helped the driver after the crash.

Traffic was closed on Old Farrington Highway in Ewa after a power pole snapped to the ground.  Crews did manage to restore power in the area and re-opened the road later in the day.

Public golf courses and several parks did not reopen.  Not just because sand traps became water hazards but because the city was concerned about the threat of severe weather.

"I hate bad weather. I come to play golf and look what it's doing. It's like when you're young playing little league there's a big game you go to the ballpark, a thunderstorm comes and you just can't wait to play the game and you can't play it. That's how I feel about bad weather, I don't like it," said Bill Crowley, golfer.

Tourists didn't like the weather either.  The Kailua Beach canal filled up and a tractor bulldozed through the sand to allow water to get to the ocean and the usually busy beach was empty.  So was the Pali Lookout which only gave a look into clouds as rain and wind wrapped around the Koolau Mountains giving a watery look to the windward Oahu.

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