Hawaii: The National Weather Service office in Honolulu has described a Winter Storm as “historic” with powerful winds of 191-mph recorded on Big Island’s towering peak of Mauna Kea. An official of the Weather Service office in Honolulu admitted there are instances of an occasional 150-mph gust once in a while during winter, but never of speeds witnessed now. Such weather conditions and climatic disorders disturb lives in general and leave behind damage to properties and infrastructure that take time to set right.

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Los Angeles Times reports that the authorities treat this winter storm as an unprecedented event and have declared the visitor station on the 13,308-foot mountain Mauna Kea out of bounds until the weather improves. This is the practice generally followed whenever visibility in the area goes below a certain level or wind speeds go beyond specified limits

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There was snowfall in Hawaii

Hawaii experienced snowfall on Haleakalā, a shield volcano in East Maui, apart from a coating of snow at a state park. This was at an elevation of just 6,200 feet and the authorities claim it to be a first. There was also a thunderstorm warning issued for some areas. Additionally, there were high waves of nearly 40 feet in places.

Los Angeles Times adds that the National Weather Service issued a high surf warning and cautioned the people about possibilities of the closure of roads due to coastal flooding which is a major problem in America because thousands of people living in coastal areas could face grave risks.

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Flights affected and airlines try to ease tensions

According to I News UK, the unusual weather conditions caused by the winter storm in Hawaii affected flights with many of them either canceled or delayed. Airlines have risen to the task and some are extending offers to rebook free of charge. The storm has uprooted trees and waves could reach up to 60 feet in height. An official has advised people to take note of surrounding conditions and be prepared to go in for evacuation if required.

There are reports of power outages and the administration has taken precautions to ensure the safety of the people by closing all beach parks in Hawaii as well as county parks on the islands of Maui and Ohau.

As Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said, “It’s always better to be safe, than sorry.” His advice is to remain indoors and stay informed about events. There are forecasts of coastal flooding accompanied by powerful winds that could uproot trees, power lines, and even blow over vehicles. Hawaii faced such climatic disturbances in the past when Hurricane Hector struck last August.