RE: Hurricane Kenneth-What a Surprise!
Oh boy, what a surprise since my first post of a tropical storm to a Cat 1 hurricane overnight. In just a few hours, it's turned into a Cat 2 hurricane and still marching towards Hawaii.
This hurricane has shown that it's full of surprises with it's well define eye wall and is destine to be a Cat 3 hurricane within the next few hours.It is now packing winds of 105 mph with gusts of 127 mph.
Even if it fizzes out, it will bring us the much needed rain that we need so badly here in Hawaii. Yes, it's hard to believe that we need the rain but it is true.
Usually, hurricanes at this time of the year traditionally move westerly just to the south of us and then turn northeast into Hawaii like Hurricane Inki did in 1992 and clipped Kauai pretty good. Hurricane Inki killed 9 people including one person here on Oahu and caused something like $5 billion dollars in damage.
Even though Hurricane Kenneth is still 3000 miles away from Hilo, but... that's not very far for a Cat 3 hurricane with a 1500 mile diameter. This is the very type of hurricane the Civil Defense of Hawaii has been warning us about. The locals here say that we traditionally get one of these late season hurricanes about once every 20 years that affects Hawaii in a big way but then again...maybe not?
The last one that came barreling towards Hawaii like this had the southern winds blow it's top off and turned into nothing more than tropical rains for us here.
I think we're in pretty good shape though since many of the trees here were trimmed for APEC. Trimming of the trees are important as to prevent tree branches from falling on power lines with all the heavy winds.
The second biggest threat from the super strong winds is from blowing roofs and panels off of buildings and houses. What is left behind is nails everywhere and giving repair crews flat tires every few blocks while they are trying to do their jobs whether it's to cut and clear trees or repair downed power lines,those nails are a nightmare.
Either way, it's all about planning for the worst and hoping for the best. Still want to move and live in paradise? Whatever happens, I still love this place and never want to move away. In fact, I've completely lost interest in traveling anywhere else. As they say here, you work for five days and then take two days vacation,lol.