Massive waves hit parts of Hawaii over the weekend and into Monday, with videos showing water crashing over homes, into celebrations and more.
Officials last week predicted a “historic” swell that would bring large waves to Hawaii’s south-facing shores. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources on Sunday confirmed that a 25-foot wave face was reported by the department’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement.
“The highest south shore surf in more than 25-years delivered as predicted,” the department said on Facebook.
And the waves, prompted by the remnants of Hurricane Darby, continued this week, though Darby weakened into a tropical storm and then a rainstorm, according to Accuweather.
The swell “will produce dangerous breaking waves and localized inundation of some low-lying sections of the south facing shores of all islands today,” the National Weather Service said on Monday.
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One video that quickly circulated on social media showed waves crashing over two-story condos in Keauhou-Kona. Isabella Sloan, who took the video, told Hawaii News Now that her condo “was hit the first time and flooded everything.”
Waves also crashed into the Saturday wedding celebration of Dillon and Riley Murphy in Kailua-Kona.
“We were kind of right at the moment where we were going to start moving a couple things and, yeah, this big wall basically just showed up,” Dillon told KHON2. “And luckily there was no food in any of the containers, the cake luckily made it.”
Communities across the state began clean-up efforts on Sunday, Hawaii News Now reported, after some businesses and homes were flooded and roads were closed from damage.
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