A slow-moving, torrential tropical storm pelting the Hawaiian islands with flash floods, high winds, and even blizzards at high altitudes has triggered a state of emergency.
The "Kona low," as the storm system is called, is expected to last through Tuesday evening after hovering over the archipelago throughout the weekend and Monday. Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed the emergency order, which "allows the state to use funds to support state and county efforts in providing quick and efficient relief of suffering, damage, and losses," Monday evening as flash flooding, road closures, power outages, and landslides remain dangers even in areas where the storm has passed.
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Kaua'i County officials warned residents to stay off the roads due to dangerous driving conditions. Part of the island of Maui received nearly a foot of rain in 24 hours, while the peak of Mauna Kea, the state's highest point, had a foot of snow.
Residents told the Associated Press they lost power for hours in some areas, and road conditions made necessary commutes difficult.
A Kona low occurs when a storm draws moisture from the equator region.
“Kona lows tend to move slowly and so they can keep heavy rain and thundershowers focused over one area for a prolonged amount of time, and they can also cause pretty strong to damaging winds,” National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ballard said.
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The 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack went on as scheduled Tuesday morning.
The emergency relief period will continue through Friday.