During wild weather, waves flooded parking lots and boats crashed into rocks
HALEIWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Massive surf from a powerful winter storm pounded coastlines and sent surges of ocean water onto streets Sunday.
Video shared with Hawaii News Now showed water flooding Kamehameha Highway in Haleiwa.
As waves crashed over the wall splashing water onto the roadway, drivers inched carefully through the shallow water.
And on Kauai, ocean surges ran up the coastline in Wainiha and Haena. The county, however, said there was no damage from the coastal inundation.
Impacts like these were anticipated as surf on north and west-facing shores were expected to grow to anywhere from 40 to 60 feet.
“This wave event is on another level. Super super dangerous. Water is washing over the road in several places. It’s a weather event and a wave event that some people have never seen in there lifetimes,” lifeguard Bryan Phillips said.
Meanwhile, the state said that several boats broke free their moorings at Neighbor Island harbors and came ashore.
Six boats ended up on rocks on the shoreline of Lahaina.
Two boats came ashore in Kihei, and one on Molokai.
“So far there is little to no pollution impact so we’re good with that and now we’re still waiting for an assessment as far as them being able to be towed off or removed from the area,” said Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino.
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