Tsunami-like waves hit the Hawaiian coast causing widespread flooding and the disruption of a wedding party, with seawater also entering homes and businesses inland.
Weather reports suggested the colossal waves were due to passing remnants of Hurricane Derby, which dissipated over the weekend.
Still, dangerous surf conditions would still pose a threat to the island state until Monday, July 18, as strong winds could bring relatively larger waves to shore, leading to further coastal flooding.
In recent days, waves have damaged several buildings and forced road closures.
The recent adverse weather event highlights Hawaii’s vulnerability to various natural hazards, in addition to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
In particular, weather and climate factors put the island at risk given that it is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Previous events have shown that some unnamed hurricanes and storms passing through Hawaii have caused a number of casualties and damaged infrastructure.
In 1992, Hurricane Iniki became the strongest hurricane in Hawaii’s history, killing six people and causing approximately $3.1 billion in damage.
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Fox 5 New York released video Monday of tsunami-like waves crashing into buildings in Keauhou-Kona, Hawaii, including a two-story condo.
The incident happened over the weekend as the Big Island faced heavy surf.
Isabella Sloan originally recorded the video, which showed the gargantuan waves damaging several condominiums, including Sloan’s residence, according to Hawaii News Now.
Media reports said beachfront buildings in the area received the tidal wave of “historic” surf conditions on Saturday July 16; at a time when swells were expected to reach up to 20 feet along the south coast of the island.
Fox Weather meteorologist Jane Minar confirmed the intense waves were due to the remnants of Hurricane Darby.
After the incident, there were no immediate reports of casualties.
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Ongoing recovery efforts
A day after the so-called historic southern swell, recovery efforts were underway as early as Sunday July 17.
The island’s shoreline communities have engaged in cleanup efforts, including wave-damaged roads, according to Hawaii News Now.
Efforts will include repairing a damaged beachfront housing estate and flooded townhouses, as well as commercial establishments such as a bar and food outlets.
Formerly Hurricane Darby, the system weakened to a tropical storm and then a rainstorm over the relatively cool waters of the central Pacific Ocean as it moved across the southern shores of Hawaii, according to AccuWeather.
The weather forecasting company said that despite the degraded condition, Tropical Rainstorm Darby still managed to generate big waves after peaking as a Category 4 hurricane over the ocean. East Pacific.
Pacific hurricane season
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins approximately from mid-June and lasts until the end of November every year.
Meanwhile, the Central Pacific hurricane season begins on June 1 with a similar end duration to its eastern counterpart.
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