Winter storm causes ‘minor damage’ to Maunakea observatories

  • Photo courtesy of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Ice and snow are seen Monday on the first floor inside Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope's Maunakea observatory after a winter storm blew open the front door and damaged a latch Sunday during a winter storm.
  • Photo courtesy of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Workers on Monday survey ice and snow left on the floor of the ground story of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope's observatory after a severe winter storm blew the front door open Sunday and damaged the door's latch.

A winter storm that caused reported wind gusts of 191 mph late Sunday afternoon at the Maunakea summit caused minor damage to at least two observatories, but didn’t affect operations, officials said.