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Major mistake in Kauai weather warning

KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kauai county officials apologized for a major mistake in a weather warning. Thousand of people accidentally received an automated test message on Sunday that said, "This is your Kauai Civil Defense. The sky is falling." Officials later corrected the error in a second recording about a flash flood warning as rough weather hit the state.

Drivers near the entrance to Polihale State Park dealt with several inches of muddy water covering the roadway. Other weather-related problems included power outages in Kapaa. A landslide in Lumahai disrupted traffic along Kuhio Highway. Authorities closed the Kekaha Landfill due to lightning strikes at the facility. Severe weather also led to the closure of the Ke'e Beach lifeguard tower.

A rogue wave washed up at the Fairmont Orchid hotel on the Big Island's Kohala coast. Some spectators on the bluffs at Hapuna Beach got quite a surprise when strong surf sent sea spray 60 feet into the air.

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