Powerful gusts take down trees and power lines

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Mar 16 2014 06:18:43 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 16 2014 06:40:08 PM HST

High wind damages present challenges across the island chain.

HONOLULU -

With powerful gusts and passing showers, the Honolulu Police Department reported nearly nonstop calls of downed trees. Some who braved the high winds had doubts on how safe it was to be outside.

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"As soon as we got here this morning this tree was already down. It was that bad and I don't know if I should be out here," said Samuel Ching.

A gust broke a tree branch landing it on the town bound lanes of the Pali Highway. At the Pali Lookout, it was definitely a bad hair day.

With gusts predicted at up to 60 mphr in some areas of the state, people at the lookout were pushing against high winds grabbing onto signs and walls anything they could not to get blown away.

For others, the powerful winds created photo opportunities in this area, known for its potential of taking hats, parkas, even people airborne.

"It felt like we were flying. The wind was so strong. We would jump and the thing would take us," said Kyle Korn.

"That was our mission: To fly," said Douglas Sodetani.
 
"When the winds are blowing like this it just funnels up the Pali and get hurricane force winds, and you can come up here and stand against the wind almost in a 45 degree angle. You come up here for fun and it's awesome," said Jim Hull.

With the winds brought a biting chill, some said they could only handle the hazardous conditions for a couple minutes.

"Bunch of trees blowing and branches falling here and it's too windy for baby here," said Wilton Clifford.

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