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Waunakee residents experience tsunami warning

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HONOLUA BAY (WKOW) -- A vacation to Hawaii turned from relaxation to chaos for four Waunakee residents on Saturday, as they spent the day holding their breath during a tsunami warning.

Jim and Sara Scott say the were woken up at 3:30 a.m. Saturday and told they must evacuate the condo where they were staying and head to higher ground. They were staying in Lahaina on the island of Maui.

The Scotts left the condo with fellow Waunakee friends Darcy Widmer and Randy Gusman and headed straight to the grocery store, where they bought bottled water and granola bars.

"We had two cases of water and they shut down the plumbing and the central water system on Maui," said Jim.

Jim says hundreds of people stood along the bluffs with him and his wife at Honoloa Bay, just waiting to see what would happen. They could see the water receding from the shoreline.

"The helicopter came and told us we needed to get to higher ground, but there was nowhere higher for us to go," said Jim.

"I don't know if they could sense it or what, but the whales are gone, and this morning we saw 50 whales out there. The waves got really huge and then there were none. It was like a lake back home where at sunset it's just calm."

27 News spoke with the Scotts once Hawaii officials sounded the all-clear. He said the water was still changing but they returned to their condo later Saturday afternoon and their vacation will continue as planned after the tsunami scare.

Online reporting by Jamie Hersch
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