August 12, 2007
We Hawai'i residents are in watching and waiting mode, as Flossie seems to be moving northwest along the same track as the island land mass. Hopefully it remains a few hundred miles south.
The trouble is, many of us still remember Iniki and its sudden turn north (see its storm track in the upper left corner of this page). Predicting a hurricane's direction is an inexact science, as NOAA's summary of that 1992 storm shows.
We've got a survival kit, but there aren't many shelters, and none are really prepared for a huge disaster. We're crossing our fingers that it doesn't come to that.
Posted by Linkmeister at August 12, 2007 10:17 AM
I hope everything works out ok. The worse I've ever dealt with is a few tornadoes and serious ice storms. I can't imagine dealing with hurricanes.
Here in NJ, I used to see alot of Hurricanes as a young girl. Today, no one is quite prepared for the unexpected force that they can bring to the seashore. With all the new building they are doing, the workmanship is shoddy at best around here.
One big hurricane like the ones I used to see years ago will destroy all the "upscale" work that is being done...The coast will be toast....
Linky, your island is much better prepared than we are here. There isn't even a thorough evaculation plan.....
I'll be keeping an eye on this and thinking good thoughts for you here in Houston. Hang in there, and let's hope Flossie is nothing more than a thunderstorm if she insists on crossing over the Islands.
here's another graphic of Iniki which struck the islands on 9/11. (uncredited, I forget where I clipped it from)
Hans Rosendal, the now-retired former lead forecaster for the NWS Honolulu office, has a website that's chock full of Hawaiian storm information, including several technical discussions here.