Strong storm brings damage – and snow – to Hawaii

A robust storm hitting Hawaii has knocked out energy, brought down tree branches, flooded coastal roads — and even introduced snow.

Snow is just not unprecedented in mountainous elements of the tropical island chain, however officials say the coating at 6,200 ft (1,900 meters) at a state park on Maui might mark the lowest-elevation snowfall ever recorded within the state.

The Nationwide Climate Service says gusts hit almost 70 mph (one hundred ten kph) in some areas, and the company is warning of coastal flooding. A high-surf advisory was in impact for north- and west-dealing with shores of a number of islands.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reviews that timber have been toppled on several islands along with energy outages and roof injury. Two floor hornbill birds escaped from the Honolulu Zoo after the storm broken their enclosure.

Hawaii News Now reported that one man was injured when a utility pole crashed on his car. Other minor injuries have been reported.

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