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Gargantuan 2-story waves cause chaos along southern Hawaii coastline

A historic south swell impacting Hawaii has spawned massive waves along the island state’s southern shores over the weekend, with the massive swells crashing a wedding party and breaking over two-story apartments. According to the National Weather Service, south-facing shores were at risk of experiencing waves that could crest at heights of 15 to 22 feet through Monday. The large waves can make it dangerous to head to the beach or sail on the…

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Massive waves spawned by a historic south swell in Hawaii pounded the southern shores of the island state over the weekend, crashing a wedding reception and destroying two-story apartments in the process.

By Monday, the National Weather Service predicted 15 to 22-foot waves for south-facing shores, with the highest crests possible. The large waves can make it dangerous to go to the beach or sail in the ocean, and they can also cause coastal flooding in low-lying areas.

Video shot on Saturday at the Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, shows torrents of water crashing over the tops of seaside condos, flooding the nearby streets as onlookers marvel.

Several condos, including the one occupied by filmmaker Isabella Sloan, were damaged by the enormous waves, according to Hawaii News Now.

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“When the first wave hit, it flooded my condo. There was a lot of damage to the condos down the street from my house. Everyone is fine, thank goodness “Sloan made the comment.

The backwash on Ali’i Drive was out of this world, according to local guests at this wedding. The wedding was still beautiful, according to other local guests. Nobody was hurt in this incident. Last updated: https://t.co/x4qmCXVyvy: Sara Ackerman pic.twitter.com/KhNh3kETHv Malika Dudley (@MalikaDudley) is a Meteorologist for KITV4. In 2022, the date is July 17th

Nearby, an ocean-invading ocean crashed a wedding party in Kona, Hawaii, destroying beautiful flowers, tables, and chairs. The venue was battered by a series of large waves, but no one was hurt.

Hawaii News Now reports that one of the bars that had been set up at the wedding site was also swept away, but the cake and other food were saved.

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Bride Dillion Murphy said, “We didn’t think that [the waves] were ever going to get over the wall”.

In the wake of Tropical Rainstorm Darby, large waves were crashing on the southern shores of Hawaii. A tropical storm and then a rainstorm swept over the Central Pacific after the storm had peaked as a Category 4 hurricane in the East Pacific. Storms can churn up the seas, creating dangerous waves on Hawaii”s southern coast.

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AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said, “Even though Darby was weakening significantly as it passed well south of the islands, the swells it had already generated continued to propagate outward from the old center.”

It looked like the rough seas would linger into Monday night as the swells made their way toward Hawaii. There have been at least 19 ocean rescues as a result of the large waves, according to tweets from the Maui County Fire Department. The state has closed one state park.

Nearly all of Hawaii’s southern coasts were under high surf warnings. Monday.

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