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Rare tornado touches down in Hawaii

The tornado came ashore on the coast of Lanikai Beach
The tornado came ashore on the coast of Lanikai Beach

Cheryl Santa Maria, Staff writer

March 12, 2012 — Trees were downed and homes were damaged when a rare tornado came ashore on the coast of Hawaii's Lanikai Beach Friday morning.

Officials are still assessing the damage caused by the storm, which produced a water spout prior to reaching land.

No injuries or deaths have been reported.

The tornado was classified as an EF0 with winds exceeding 100 km/h. It lasted for about 15 minutes before dissipating more than 2 km away.

Prior to the tornado, golf-ball sized pellets of hail were recorded in parts of Oahu. The wacky weather prompted wind and high surf warnings for parts of the region.

According to the National Weather Service in Honolulu, only 40 tornadoes have hit the state since record-keeping began in 1950.

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Image courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr.

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