In a state that has been ravaged by an ongoing lava event, followed by dangerous brush fires, and now for the trifecta: a hurricane bearing down on the big island. Ahead of this storm President Trump declared a state of emergency for Hawaii. That just means FEMA can mobilize and the state will be able to receive government funds to help them after the hurricane goes by.
Governor, David Ige, has warned residents to prepare now before it is too late. He urged everyone to have at least a 14 day supply of food, water, medications and I would add in coffee and sugar as well. The reason he is saying this is because Hawaii has been lashed with high winds and torrential rain. Even though Hurricane Lane is a Cat 3 (120mph sustained winds) storm doesn’t mean anyone should let there guard down. Tourists have been warned to avoid all tourist sights during the storm.
In fact 5 tourists had to be rescued from their rented house that they were staying in. This was in Hilo after water in a nearby gulch rose rapidly over a 24 hour period. Emergency crews who were in touch with the home’s owner decided to evacuate everyone before the water rose any further. There have also been reports of flash floods, landslides that have closed some of the roads down, and a raging surf. I wonder how many surfers will be out enjoying these waves?
Anyway, the latest predictions shows the eye of the storm is going to be west of the Big Island on Friday morning. It is suppose to give a glancing blow at Maui and the other islands before heading to Oahu. Once again the authorities have warned that Hawaii will be hit hard by this storm. The storm spun in the Pacific Ocean about 165 miles (260km) south-west of Kailua-Kona and nearly 20 inches (51cm) of rain had fallen on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the National Weather Service (NWS) said on Thursday.
“There’s lots and lots of rain, torrential rain, with a lot of moisture in the atmosphere,” NWS meteorologist Chevy Chevalier said, noting there were reports of 50mph (80 km/h) wind gusts. “We’re in it now.” Evacuations were under way on parts of Molokai and Maui islands while power outages were being reported on social media. Schools, Universities and colleges have been shut down till the storm passes. The National Hurricane Center warned storm surges could raise water levels 3-5ft (1-1.5 metres) above normal along the western shores of the Big Island and that extreme rainfall could mean “numerous evacuations and rescues”.