Massive Waves Crash Hawaii Wedding Amid Tropical Storm

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▶️ Massive waves crash into an outdoor wedding reception in Kailua-Kona, on Hawaii’s Big Island, during a tropical storm, July 16, 2022. 👉Towering waves on Hawaii's south shores crashed into homes and businesses, spilled across highways and upended weddings over the weekend. The large waves — some more than 6 meters high — came from a combination of a southern swell that peaked Saturday evening, unusually high tides and rising sea levels from climate change, the National Weather Service said. A wedding Saturday evening in Kailua-Kona was interrupted when a few particularly large waves swamped the event, sending tables and chairs crashing toward guests. Sara Ackerman, an author who grew up in Hawaii and attended the wedding, filmed the waves as they barreled ashore. She said it happened about five minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin. But they went ahead with the ceremony and cleaned up the mess after the newlyweds exchanged vows. Chris Brenchley, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Honolulu, called the swell historic: "It's the largest it's been in several decades." He said the waves were a product of "an interesting convergence of events." Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Darby passed south of Hawaii but had no impact on the surf, he said. Brenchley said the swell was produced in the South Pacific, where it's currently the winter season. While singular events like this are hard to pin directly to climate change, Brenchley said the warming planet is playing a role. (AP) » Subscribe to VOA News: » Watch more VOA News video: Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236.8 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 3,000 affiliate stations. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press. Connect with VOA News: » VISIT OUR WEBSITE: » LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: » FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: » FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:
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