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Rockslide, mudslide, toppled utility pole close Oahu roads

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    Large boulders tumbled onto Farrington Highway by Makua Caves early this morning. The highway was closed until around 6:40 a.m. as crews cleared the roadway.
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A rockslide, mudslide, toppled utility pole and fallen tree closed three highways and a major roadway late Thursday night and early this morning.

Police closed Kunia Road in both directions between Anonui Drive and Kunia Tunnel around 10:30 p.m. due to a downed utility pole. North-bound lanes were reopened around 8:15 a.m., and the south-bound lanes were reopened just before 9 a.m.

Two north-bound lanes and one south-bound lane of Kalanianaole Highway near Castle Hospital were closed around 10:40 p.m. due to a fallen tree on the road. Crews were able to remove the tree and the highway was reopened around 4 a.m.

Farrington Highway by Makua Caves was closed due to a rockslide around 1 a.m. Crews were able to clear the debris and police reopened all lanes to traffic around 6:40 a.m. However, around the same time, the west- and east-bound center lanes of the highway were closed 9 miles closer to town in Maili at Maipalaoa Road due to a low-hanging utility pole and wires.

The highway reopened at Maipalaoa Road at about 12:30 p.m.

The mauka-bound lanes of Pali Highway at Nuuanu Pali Drive were closed around 1:45 a.m. due to a mudslide. Crews are working to clear the highway.

The storm also damaged the roof of a wooden apartment building at Kapiolani and Hoawa in Moiliili at about 9 p.m.

In the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m., more than 3.1 inches fell at St. Stephens; nearly 2.7 inches was recorded in Maunawili; and more than 1.3 inches fell at the Honolulu Airport.

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