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Mini-tornado ‘Dust Devil’ rips through Ka‘u High School

Photos and Video by Baron Sekiya/Hawaii247.com

link to Qik video that Hawaii247.com webcast live from the scene

A late morning tornado ripped the roof off Ka`u High School & Pahala Elementary Saturday. Nobody was hurt but the roof was damaged and debris were sent flying over 100 yards away.

At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, a dust devil ripped the roof off Ka‘u High School & Pahala Elementary Saturday. No injuries were reported, but the roof was damaged and debris were sent flying over 100 yards away. The cost of the damage remained unknown Monday, March 2.

Debris on the front side of the administration building and classrooms where a twister pulled apart the roof.

Debris on the front side of the administration building and classrooms where a twister pulled off about 100 feet of roofing. Police confirmed reports that a tornado did touch down in the area.

A large piece of roofing is lodged in a tree after a tornado ripped open the roof of Ka`u High and Pahala Elementary. Debris were reported to have been scattered over 100 yards away.

A large piece of roofing is lodged in a tree after a tornado ripped open the roof of Ka‘u High and Pahala Elementary. Debris were reported to have been scattered over 100 yards away.

The crown of the roof is peeled back and wood framing has stabbed its way through the metal roof.

The crown of the roof is peeled back and wood framing has stabbed its way through the metal roof.

Utility lines were pulled down by the late morning twister.

Utility lines were pulled down by the late morning dust devil.

4 Responses to “Mini-tornado ‘Dust Devil’ rips through Ka‘u High School”

  1. anonymous says:

    how do you know it was a tornado?
    the school is pretty old! it could of jus been strong winds.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You are a f@#king idiot…..Yeah the school is old but witnesses saw the tornado you dumb f@#k!!!!!

  3. jacob says:

    ehhh, the 1st anonymous is sooooooooo lolo, i like crack him/her 4 beng da kine, one lolo faka ehh,. ehhh, eghhhh

  4. baron says:

    I’ve shot video of large dust-devils before. Here’s video of one in Waikoloa in an area cleared by a brushfire. The dust-devil was pulling up ashes and debris into the sky. http://www.mediabaron.com/blog/2007/07/26/were-not-in-kansas-anymore/

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