Morning Sun

Dangerous storm threatens havoc across archipelag­o

- By Caleb Jones

HONOLULU » From the empty shores of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach to the snowy summit of the Big Island’s highest peak, an unusually strong winter storm is clobbering the Hawaiian Islands and raising the threat of dangerous flash floods, landslides and crashing tree limbs.

The strong storm over the nation’s only island state left eloping couples without weddings and tourists stuck indoors. It also threatened the state’s infrastruc­ture with a deluge of rain and wind.

Five boys between the ages of 9 and 10 were rescued from a raging creek by Honolulu Fire Department workers, a statement from the agency said.

Weather officials warned that slow-moving thundersto­rms, high winds and heavy rains could persist through today and Gov. David Ige issued a state of emergency for all of the state’s islands Monday night.

Veterans and survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor 80 years ago had at the time planned to meet for the anniversar­y celebratio­n Tuesday morning at Pearl Harbor. Navy spokespers­on Brenda Way told The Associated Press in an email Monday that she has heard of no discussion of canceling the event because of the storms.

The National Weather Service said the storm brings the threat of “catastroph­ic flooding” in the coming days as a low pressure system slowly moves from east to west and lingered on the edge of the archipelag­o. The storm knocked out power in communitie­s across Hawaii and the worst of the rain was just arriving in the state’s most populous island of Oahu Monday evening.

“Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan in place and supplies ready should you need to move away from rising water,” Ige said in a statement.

On Oahu, where four shelters had been opened, most of the beaches in Waikiki were empty Monday as only a few people walked with umbrellas during passing heavy showers. Roadways were flooding in the area and cars crept through downtown as water gushed out of manhole covers.

 ?? CALEB JONES — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? People hold umbrellas as it begins to rain on an otherwise empty beach in Honolulu on Monday. A strong storm packing high winds and extremely heavy rain flooded roads and downed power lines and tree branches across Hawaii, with officials warning of potentiall­y worse conditions ahead.
CALEB JONES — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS People hold umbrellas as it begins to rain on an otherwise empty beach in Honolulu on Monday. A strong storm packing high winds and extremely heavy rain flooded roads and downed power lines and tree branches across Hawaii, with officials warning of potentiall­y worse conditions ahead.

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