Hawaii is under a state of emergency due to a severe winter storm

On Tuesday, an extraordinarily severe winter storm pounced on the Hawaiian Islands, threatening fatal flash floods, landslides, and tree limbs from the deserted shores of Oahu's Waikiki Beach to the summit of the Big Island's tallest peak, which is blanketed in snow.

Weather officials warned that slow-moving thunderstorms, strong winds, and heavy rain might linger until Wednesday, and Governor David Ige announced a state of emergency for all Hawaiian Islands on Monday night.

Hawaii is under a state of emergency due to a severe winter storm
Hawaii is under a state of emergency due to a severe winter storm

The island of Ohau, Haiwaii's most populous, was under a flash flood warning until early Tuesday morning, according to CBS News station HawaiiNewsNow. Hawaiian Electric had reported a significant power outage in downtown Honolulu by Monday evening. According to the firm, one substation was apparently flooded, and the power outage was scheduled to last until Tuesday.

More than a foot of rain fell on Maui, triggering power outages and flash floods in some places.

According to Nicole Bonanno, proprietor of Bella Bloom Floral, a wedding flower, and boutique in Wailea, three couples from the United States mainland postponed their weddings on Maui due to the incessant rain.

"The roads, everything is a mess," she bemoaned. "There are many downed trees."

When Jimmy Gomes, a Maui resident, went to work on Sunday, he expected the lights to come back on Monday after losing power at 6 p.m. "I haven't seen this type of rain in a long time," he stated as his rain gauge registered 7 inches.

According to the National Weather Service, all of Hawaii's islands are still at risk of flash flooding, lightning strikes, landslides, and high winds, and the risk is expected to grow over the next two days. Over the weekend, a winter weather system is known as the "Kona low" passed across Hawaii, bringing wind, rain, and even blizzard conditions to some of the state's highest peaks, prompting emergency alerts.

A blizzard warning has been issued for the Big Island for the weekend. Snow is prevalent at Mauna Kea's summit, which is approximately 14,000 feet above sea level. The last time a blizzard warning was issued for the top was in 2018. There are no people on the roof, but there are telescope observatories and other offices where officials conduct their operations.

According to the weather service, there were 8 inches of snow on the road below Mauna Kea's summit. Officials are rushing to the peak, which is around 20 kilometers away. to collect further measurements The summit of the mountain was expected to receive a foot of snow.