125-foot tree falls in Manoa during windy weather

HONOLULU (KHON2) - A fallen tree blocked a portion of a road in Manoa Monday, preventing some residents from getting to their homes.

Neighbors say it happened at around 5 p.m. on Alani Drive.

Fire officials say the tree was 125 feet tall, and brought down some utility lines with it.

"There was a huge gust of wind. You could just hear it kind of ripping through. The gust was noisy as it was, all the trees going back and forth, and I just heard something that sounded like almost like a bomb, a big crashing noise," said resident Dale Kobayashi. "It was pretty scary. I jumped and my dog was like petrified. He was like shaking for a half an hour."

The city Division of Urban Forestry also responded. There's no word yet on when the tree will be removed.

Hawaiian Electric is also responding to power outages, including one in East Oahu.

Nearly 2,000 customers were out of power in Aina Haina until around 7:10 p.m. At last check, more than 400 were still out of power.

The cause of the outage remains under investigation, and while it's unclear if weather is to blame, winds were very strong Monday.

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