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Stunning video, images out of Hawaii as slow-moving storm pounds region

NBC News logo NBC News 12/8/2021 David K. Li and Steve Strouss
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A powerful, slow-moving storm continued to pound Hawaii on Tuesday as cameras captured images of natural disaster rarely seen in the island paradise.

Streets morphed into rivers, toppled trees dotted the landscape and picturesque cliffs became waterfalls of mud throughout the archipelago that's America's 50th state.

Much of downtown Honolulu and Chinatown were plunged into darkness on Monday night as crews rushed to restore power throughout the area.

By early Tuesday evening, about 70 percent of power had been restored with hopes that all lights would be on again by Wednesday, Hawaiian Electric said.

Some roads were rendered useless for cars by rainfall that turned the paths into impassable mud.

More than 14 inches of rain has fallen since Saturday afternoon on the Big Island, while nearly 13 inches has come down in Maui, according to totals as of Tuesday afternoon.

And from 10 a.m. on Monday to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, between seven to 10 inches of rain fell on parts of Oahu.

The system is headed west with another five inches of rain forecast Tuesday for Kauai.

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Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency on Monday with the order in effect until Friday as “heavy rains from a Kona Low weather system are anticipated to continue to cause flooding and damage to public and private property.”

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