Taking a look at the North Shore after the storm

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The North Shore was hit hard by the storm on Sunday.

Huge surf washed onto roads leading to flooding on the highway and at Haleiwa Boat Harbor. 

But Monday morning was a completely different sight. There was sun, no wind, and much calmer ocean conditions.

“We were really amazed by the big surf [yesterday] and how it kind-of spilled over onto the street—it was really amazing to see,” said Switzerland visitor Amanda Voegeli. 

Sand was still visible across the road at many spots on Monday. 

Waves reached Kamehameha Highway at many spots from Sunset to Haleiwa on Sunday.

While the huge surf was a sight to see for thousands on Sunday, some North Shore residents thought the city and state should have blocked the highway off to the public due to the poor conditions. 

“In the past, they did close the highway for residents only and they were checking ID’s and they were turning people around— why that wasn’t done yesterday is beyond me,” said one North Shore resident. 

“They had ample warning that this was going to happen and they did nothing,” she said. 

KHON2 reached out to the Department of Transportation and was told…

“the city and state agencies work diligently to keep roadways open and accessible for the public and closing a major thoroughfare is a last resort.”

Over at Haleiwa Harbor, storm surges reached the parking lot and covered walkways on certain docks Sunday.

Boaters say they’re grateful floating docks were put in a few years ago because the water was so high during the storm.  

“There was just so much water coming in past the break wall into the harbor and it was just rolling through and it’s just the most energy i’ve seen the ocean unleash,” said boater Chris Freed.

He tells us all the boats were okay but a few had some broken lines while others had minor damage to their sails. 

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