1. Hurricane Estelle Damage in Puna, Hawaii, 1986


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    On the Big Island of Hawaii, Hurricane Estelle created huge storm surge in the Puna district in 1986. In this video, County workers survey damage to homes (in Vacationland area) and roads the next day, including the road between Pohoiki and Kalapana. Most people associate high winds with hurricanes, but since a hurricane is a low-pressure system, it raises sea level locally; this, in combination with high winds, brings waves much further inland than normal surf can reach. Visit the Natural Hazards Hawaii web page to learn more about flooding, tsunamis, volcanoes. http://hilo.hawaii.edu/~nat_haz/

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