9 and 10 Feb 2019, SKYWARN activated for a winter storm that had high winds, high waves and rain. The February Winter Storm Event crossed the state when two cold fronts north of the islands combined with a high-pressure area and slowly moved rain and wind from west to east across the Islands. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast expected winds at least 40 mph with gusts over 60 mph. In addition, north and west shore swells were expected to continue to build to dangerous levels. The NWS were anticipating surf heights in the 40’ to 60’ range, which can send ocean water surging and sweeping over beaches, coastal benches, and roadways, creating the potential for significant damage to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways.
The City & County opened up two evacuation shelters.
The shelters were located at:
- Brigham Young University-HAWAII 55-220 Kulanui St., Laie 96762
• Waiālua District Park 67-180 Goodale Ave., Waiālua 96791
“Strong winds are expected to ease after a potent winter storm pummeled the state toppling trees onto cars, sending waves washing onto roadways and triggering widespread power outages. On Oahu alone, the fire department responded to 132 calls on Sunday from midnight to 9:30 p.m. There were at least 78 blown roofs, 31 toppled trees and downed power lines.”
Oahu Hams provided 30 hours of volunteer services for this event.