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Freak wind blows roof off Manoa garage

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:03 p.m. HST, Mar 1, 2013

A freak wind blew the roof off a garage in Manoa late Thursday night.

A neighbor said the wind appeared suddenly on an otherwise calm evening and resembled a small tornado that lifted leaves and branches into the air in a swirling pattern.

A resident on the Alaula Way property, who asked not to be identified, said he was awakened by the sound of the roof ripping off and crashing against another home on the lot.

The flying roof knocked out a power line directly above it. A Hawaiian Electric Co. crew repaired the line on Friday.

“We’ve experienced sustained high winds here before but nothing like this has ever happened,” the resident said. “It’s lucky that no one was out on the street or driving by. It could have been a lot worse.”

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