There is a strong hurricane headed for Hawaii, and it’s occurring a full 2 months into hurricane season.
It’s name is Hurricane Douglas (which, by the way, means it’s only the 4th storm so far this year), and it’s headed smack for the islands of Hawaii chain.
Hurricane Douglas is a “Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 120 mph that extend 25 miles from the center of the storm. A major hurricane is any storm ranked Category 3 — sustained winds 111 to 129 mph — or stronger.”
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t often heard of hurricanes headed to the islands of Hawaii. I live in NC, and there are hurricanes on in the South and on the East Coast ALL THE TIME, but I haven’t heard of many headed for the tropical heaven that is Hawaii.
The LAST hurricane I remember hitting Hawaii was all the way back in 1992, and THAT one was a mean little monster. They eye went directly over Kauai, and six people ended up dying.
THIS hurricane — Hurricane Douglas — is HUGE now. It is a category 3 hurricane, but it is expected to downgrade in intensity majorly between now, and when it makes landfall — which is supposed to be Saturday night or Sunday morning.
When it actually moves over the state of Hawaii, it is supposed to be a Category 1 hurricane, or even simply a tropical storm.
I say simply a tropical storm, but a tropical storm can still cause damage. Not hurricane damage, but they are hella strong. I have been through many.
Now, tracking hurricanes is not a PRECISELY perfect science. Meteorologists can get it tracked pretty close, but a hurricane always has a mind of its own. It can decide to track north or south of predicted trajectories, so you should always be prepared if you are anywhere around one of these storms.
There are some things you should do in the case of a strong storm, to stay as safe as possible.
*Stay in the interior of the home or hotel room and away from the windows.Trip Savvy
*Keep a flashlight with you and extra batteries.
*Stay out of floodwaters during and after heavy rain. It may be warm but don’t go wading. The water may have hazardous materials in it or may carry disease.
*Do not be a storm watcher. Wind and rain from tropical cyclones can carry debris.
*Stay off the beaches. Dangerous surf can sweep people away.
*Do not drive through floodwaters.
Stay safe out there!!