Wind gusts go up; trees, poles and tiles come down

Published On: Feb 19 2013 10:37:00 PM HST

Wild, windy weather caused plenty of problems on Presidents' Day. Those gusty trades kept emergency and electric crews busy over the holiday, because as the winds picked up a number of things came down.

"It gets windy but not this windy. It's really bad this time," said Aiea resident Gary Yamamoto.

The whipping winds attacked Aiea Monday afternoon, and stripped the shingles off one home.  Residents were shocked at just how strong the winds have been.

"It's like a small tornado when it has been occurring. I've never seen anything like this in the 27 years we've been here," said Aiea Resident Bob Young.

Those gusts proved to be no match for the shake roof of Young's neighbor.  Emergency crews had to be called in to help homeowners weather the blustery conditions.

"We clear the area of debris and put on felt paper to keep water out and keep the house stable, so they can make some more permanent repairs later," said Capt. Howard Naone, with the Honolulu Fire Department.

After roof tiles were sent flying in the winds, worried neighbors came over to the damaged home to see what happened.

"I had things, my chairs all over the yard, and I noticed the shakes and tar paper in my yard and I was concerned," said Yamamoto.
Homes were not the only objects to bear the brunt of the gusty trades, power poles were knocked loose by the powerful blasts of air.
In Waikiki, one had to be propped up by residents to keep it from falling down.

Another, in Kuakini, wavered in the winds until crews came to anchor it in place to protect the power lines.

Parts of a large tree were also ripped off, and broken branches blocked two lanes of traffic along Vineyard Boulevard.

Traffic was also stopped along Kalihi Street, after a power pole came crashing down onto several cars in a parking lot below.
A nearby transformer was also destroyed when the pole came down.

"I was walking up the street and saw the pole falling and the transformer exploding. It was lucky nobody got hurt," said Kalihi resident Bryson Koko`o.

The wind damage did leave many homes in Kalihi Valley in the dark. Hundreds of residents not have electricity because the downed line cut the power connections with other lines in the neighborhood.


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