Weather closes schools…in HAWAII!!

40 schools were closed in Hawaii on Friday as heavy rains caused flooding and closed beaches.  Rainfall totals included 6.89″ at Kaneohe, 5.26″ in Lihue (10.99″ in 3 days!) and 3.42″ in Honolulu (7.12″ in the first two weeks of Dec.).  Watch a slide show of flooding pictures.  The storm produced 50 mph winds and 15-foot waves.  A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for the high peaks of the Big Island for “less than 5″ of snow”.  The USS Arizona Memorial Visitor’s Center canceled ferry tours to the memorial for the day. The Polynesian Cultural Center was also closed.  A rockslide closed a major road north of Honolulu.  A total of 385,000 gallons of treated and untreated waste water overflowed into streams, lakes and the ocean.  In Hawaii this is called a “Brown Water Advisory” (Eewww!). 14,000 customers were without power, and traffic was snarled because street lights weren’t working.  BYU’s Hawaii’s Graduation Ceremony was postponed, and the Red Cross opened shelters for those without power.  Two homes were swept off their foundations by floodwaters.  Heavy rain continues to fall, check out Hawaii radar.  Gov. Lingle has declared a State Disaster Proclamation for Oahu, Kauai, and Maui.

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