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Strong winds damage roofs in Kalihi, Manoa

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Gusts of up to 40 miles an hour kept firefighters and roofers busy on Oahu.

A home in Manoa lost a portion of its roof while the corrugated metal roof at Samurai Brand's offices in Kalihi was partially torn off by the high winds, which also downed some communication lines.

"I've never seen winds this bad, not even in a hurricane," said Richard Miyamoto of On Top Roofing LLC.

Earlier in the day, firefighters rushed to Samurai Brand's Umi Street offices, only to see pieces of metal torn off by the wind, ending up in the street.

A quick patch job was made and a more permanent fix is scheduled Wednesday.

Miyamoto and firefighters spent much of Tuesday afternoon making fixes to a home on Manoa Road, where the high winds pulled off big chunk of the roof and tore off some of the plywood underneath.

"Basically, we removed the section of the roof that was peeled off ...  and covered it so if there is rain, there is no further damage to the structure and its contents," said Albie McCollum of the Honolulu Fire Department.

The National Weather Service says it's been more than four month since we've had a day with soft winds and that there are plenty of windy days still ahead.



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