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High winds rip roofs off in Kawaihae, brings down tree in Puna

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By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The strong trade winds buffeting the islands damaged four homes in Kawaihae’s Hawaiian Homes Kailapa Subdivision and brought a tree down in Puna Saturday (Jan 5).

Firefighters responded to a Puukamalii Place home at 4:39 a.m. after high winds tore the roof off a garage and blew it against a neighbor’s home damaging it. A second home in the area under construction collapsed due to the high winds. A third home on Kailapa Street also lost its roof. There were no injuries reported.

Part of a large Albizia tree fell across Kapoho Road (Highway 132) Saturday afternoon blocking both lanes of traffic. About 30 volunteers pushed the tree to the side of the road clearing the lanes for traffic. According to Julie Miller someone said, ‘This would never happen in Chicago, everyone would have just turned around.’ Miller said the volunteers cleared the tree in about 10 minutes. There were no injuries in the incident.

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The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the towns of Kailua-Kona, Milolii, South Point, Pahala, Hilo, Volcano, Honokaa, Waimea, Waikoloa, Bradshaw Field and Saddle Road above 5,000 feet until 6 p.m. Sunday (Jan 6).
Winds from the East are forecast to be 20-40 mph with localized gusts as high as 50 mph. A strong high pressure system North of the state has caused the strong winds.

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