Hawaii Awaits Hurricane While Still Recovering From Rain

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

HI-EMA Encourages Preparedness as Storms Approach.

As Hurricane Ignacio maintains Category 1 strength and is anticipated to reach Category 2 hurricane status later Friday, the National Weather Service, along with the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency and other partnering agencies, have joined together through teleconferencing briefings with Governor David Ige and County mayors in preparation for potential impacts to the state. “We understand the public is fatigued from experiencing four major approaching storms so far this season, but we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide,” said Doug Mayne, Administrator of Emergency Management. “Severe weather associated with Ignacio is expected, and with Jimena not far behind, we need to ready ourselves and our loved ones as much as possible with the time we have.If it seems like the Hawaiian Islands are pins in a giant Pacific Ocean bowling alley, just standing there while one after another hurricane hurls towards us (thanks Johnny A for the metaphor!), it’s because we are.Hurricane Ignacio was located about 785 miles east-southeast of Hilo and has slightly slowed down since the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update. We’ve already had our share of big storms pose potential trouble to Hawaii this summer, but now we’ve got two actual named hurricanes are headed this way–Hurricanes Ignacio and Jimena.

Hurricane Ignacio is holding maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with the expectation that it will continue to strengthen through late Saturday before beginning to weaken. Hawaii Weather Today’s expert analyst, Glenn James, says: “Hurricane 12E (Ignacio) continues to spin in our direction, and will approach our area Monday…first on the Big Island.

If the system tracks to the north or south of the state, there is potential for extremely gusty winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms.” Yeah, that’s a lot of ifs, and while it’s entirely possible neither storm will impact us too badly, it’s also important to get prepared now (Haleakala National Park just announced that they’re closing the park’s backcountry on Sunday, Aug. 30 in anticipation of Hurricane Ignacio). Hurricane Jimena is still south of a strong ridge that extends southwest from the southwestern United States, which will keep it on a western course over the next day. In fact, we even blogged about it a year ago. “From 1979 to 2003, both observational records and our model document that only every four years on average did a tropical cyclone come near Hawaii,” blogger/ex NOAA Hurricane Hunter Jeff Masters wrote in Aug. 2014. “Our projections for the end of this century show a two-to-three-fold increase for this region.” Then, and this is where the better news may come into play, there should start to be a gradual weakening by Monday, back down into a somewhat less dangerous category 1 hurricane.

As we get into the weekend, we should have a better idea whether we should be battening down the hatches but good, and what other preparations may be needed…stay tuned please. “Meanwhile, Hurricane 13E (Jimena) remains active in the eastern Pacific. It’s a sure thing now, that this hurricane will come into our central Pacific, and as it stands at the moment, as a category 2 system (96-110 mph)…by next Tuesday night.

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