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  •  Tornado caused wind damage, in HAWAII (2+ / 0-)
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    National Weather Service: Tornado caused wind damage

    Lanikai, was about 20 yards wide and traveled about 1.5 miles in 15 minutes to Enchanted Lake, where it dissipated at about 7:30 a.m.. The weather service investigators estimate the wind speeds at 60 to 70 mph.
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    What the hail

    Windward Oahu storm dropped what is believed to be record large hailstones Friday
    Teresa Vast has lived 40 years in Hawaii, but like many islanders she never experienced a hailstorm.

    That was until early Friday morning when hail — some the size of baseballs — fell during a two-hour period in Windward Oahu. The National Weather Service called it record-setting.

    "The hail that fell in Kaneohe, as far as I know, was unprecedented," said Tom Birchard, lead forecaster. "We have never had hail of that size at sea level.

    "We think we have a new state record as far as hail size at sea level."

    Hailstorms occur here on the slopes of the Hawaii island volcanoes, but the hailstones usually melt before reaching sea level, he said.

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