It snowed in... Maui, Hawaii?

Tourists and locals enjoy the Waikiki beach in Honolulu Hawaii on Aug. 22 2018

Tourists and locals enjoy the Waikiki beach in Honolulu Hawaii on Aug. 22 2018

A strong storm hitting Hawaii has knocked out power, brought down tree branches, flooded coastal roads - and even brought snow. According to Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources, the state park could be the lowest elevation on record for accumulating snow in the state (at 6,200 ft).

On the department's Facebook page on Sunday it said: "Perhaps the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawai'i State Park".

While snow is not unheard of in Hawaii, officials said the blanket at Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area on the island of Maui is likely the first for any state park.

The storm, which the National Weather Service office in Honolulu described as "historic, " first began pounding the islands Friday.

Mr Jelsema described the wintry weather as "very unusual".

A peak wind gust of 191 miles per hour was detected near the summit of Mauna Kea over the weekend, Those intense winds and freezing temperatures remained largely isolated to the higher altitudes, and things were a bit more comfortable in the island's population centers nearer the shore.

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According to the office, the visitor station on the more than 13,000-foot mountain is closed until Tuesday "due to the predicted continuation of severe weather". The previous record low was 12 degrees, also measured on Mauna Kea back in 1979, though there's some controversy over whether that decades-old reading was accurate. Another rarity produced by this storm system was a severe thunderstorm warning, which was issued for the island of Kauai.

The National Weather Service had hoisted a high surf warning Thursday in anticipation of the event.

Wave heights approached 40 feet just north of the island on Sunday.

Snow covered Polipoli as a part of a storm that battered the islands over the weekend with strong winds, powerful surf and relatively low temperatures for the subtropical state.

Almost every winter, the rest of the continental United States is surprised by headlines announcing that snow has graced the summits of Hawaii's tallest peaks.

Mauna Kea sits at an elevation at near 14,000 feet, and has seen it's share of snow in recent days.

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