HONOLULU (KHON2) — The effects of strong winds were prevalent throughout the islands on Wednesday.

According to the Honolulu Fire Department, they were called to reports of 20 downed trees, 13 blown roofs and five downed power lines.

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Winds had ripped out the roots of trees and even lifted up a large patch of grass along a sidewalk in Kailua.

The strongest wind gusts for the island on March 8 were up to 52 mph — the speed at which sustained winds would trigger a high wind alert.

Strongest wind gusts in the island chain, March 8:

  • Lihue, Kauai: 45 mph
  • Kaneohe, Oahu: 52 mph
  • Kahului, Maui County: 43 mph
  • PTA, Big Island: 41 mph

Footage from the Big Island shows a fallen tree on power lines on Wednesday, March 8:

The NWS said the following day wind speeds slowed down to an average of 10 to 20 mph for the State.

However, a high wind warning remains in effect for Big Island summits and a wind advisory was issued for the summit of Haleakala on Maui.

While the weather has eased, its damaging effects are still being dealt with by Hawaiian Electric who said some customers were still without power on Thursday.

  • A downed tree in Kailua, Hawaii on Wednesday morning, March 8, 2023.
  • A broken tree branch in Kailua on Wednesday morning, March 8, 2023.
  • Traffic lights out during a day of strong winds on Oahu causing multiple power outages on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
  • Honolulu Police Department officers directing traffic after traffic lights went out during a day of strong winds causing multiple power outages on Oahu on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

“HECO crews on Oahu have been working tirelessly the past few days to restore power to areas affected by outages, many due to the high winds,” Alan Yonan with HECO.

According to HECO, crews worked to restore power to over 20,000 customers.

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