(BIVN) – Palm trees swayed in the steady winds and the ocean tumbled along the shore of Keaukaha this morning, where a High Surf Warning and a Wind Advisory remain in effect due to a strong area of low pressure passing to the north of Hawaiʻi.
There did not appear to be substantial damage this morning to seas-side facilities, such as those at Richardson Ocean Park. All state and county beach parks are closed.
Highway 19 between the 38 and 39 mile marker is open in both directions, police say. However, there are other storm-induced service interruptions.
For example, the County Finance Department reports that Vehicle Registration and Driver’s License Services are not available in Waimea and at the West Hawaiʻi Civic Center until further notice, due to severed cables by falling trees. Services are available in Hilo and Pahoa.
Schools in Honokaʻa are also closed due to a lengthy power outage. The Hawaiʻi Electric Light Company says about 2,050 customers in Honokaʻa, Waipunahina and Waimea are without power. “Crews working to safely restore service as quickly as possible,” HELCO says.
Winds are expected to die down across the Big Island, however a High Wind Warning is still in effect for the summits. From sea-level, a dusting of snow could be seen on the summit of Mauna Kea this morning. The access road to the summit of Maunakea remains closed to the public, rangers say. Also, the Visitor Information Station cannot be accessed by the public due to icy road conditions extending below the VIS. The summit of Mauna Loa is also closed due to high wind conditions, according to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.