Powerful surf, strong winds hit Leeward coast

Published On: Jan 22 2014 10:34:00 PM HST
NANAKULI, Hawaii -

The North Shore wasn't the only spot to catch a glimpse of big waves Wednesday. The Leeward coast saw it's fair share of surf.

Click here to read Brenton Awa's report.

While the waves in Nanakuli didn't compare to those at Pipeline, they did draw plenty of attention. The sets at one spot were constant throughout the evening with some waves getting up to 15-feet.

"It's like somebody has just taken a big beater and is just whipping up the water and the waves and the foam and it's just wow," said Marni Pearson, a Nanakuli resident.
The surf caused one problem at the Waianae boat harbor, boats docked there needed to stay put because the waves made getting in and out impossible.

Further down the road in Makaha, lifeguards reported wave heights from 12 to 15 feet, although most of it was choppy whitewash.

But it wasn't high surf that gave Leeward coast residents problems, instead it was the wind.

A garage of one home on Hakimo road was rocked by wind gusts before it partially fell down. A resident who was still too shaken by the event to talk on camera told us she was waiting for the manapua man when the roof went down behind her.

The Honolulu Fire Department has reported seven blown roofs since midnight. The effects of the wind was evident on Farrington highway as well where a traffic signal was seen dangling at Hakimo road. In Waianae, two traffic signals were out of commission.

To add to the blows about 1,000 Hawaiian Electric customers in Nanakuli lost power to their homes and the cause is believed to be weather related.

Hawaiian Electric says its crews have finished getting power back to those customers.

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