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The 1958 Central Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season


On August 7 a tropical storm suddenly appeared immediately off Hilo on the island of Hawaii. Thereafter it moved directly across the island and on August 8 proceeded westward as a weakened circulation that passed only a few miles south of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Oahu, and a short distance south of Kauai. This storm was most strongly felt on the Big Island. At Hilo winds reached sustained speeds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. In other areas of the island, as judged by damage, winds reached sustained speeds of at least 50 knots with gusts of 75 knots or more.

On Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Oahu, wind speeds exceeded 35 knots sustained and 50 knots in gusts in many different localities, again as judged by the resulting damage.

On all the Hawaiian Islands there was locally heavy to torrential rainfall. Storm damages on the island of Hawaii were estimated at $500,000 with several buildings destroyed or severely damaged, hundreds of trees down, three bridges out, and widespread damage to crops, roads, power and telephone lines, as well as scattered miscellaneous damage. On all other islands there was only scattered, minor damage, which probably amounted to less than $50,000. A private plane crashed near Hilo Airport on the 7th, killing the pilot and injuring the two passengers. No other deaths or injuries were directly attributable to the storm.