Think About It: The Storm That May Come - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News, Weather and Sports

September 18, 2017

Think About It: The Storm That May Come

Hurricanes recently generated wind damage plus massive rainand ocean flooding in Texas and then in Florida; wildfires rage today inCalifornia and in the northwest- disasters with huge consequences immediatelyand for months and possibly years ahead. While damage is being assessed andpeople try to resume some sense of normalcy in their lives amid the tragedy andits aftereffects, you hope that other areas prone to similar circumstances and thegovernment entities entrusted therein will learn valuable lessons that can belearned from these events to help mitigate the trauma and damage elsewhere forthe next time that nature erupts.

The question of a strong hurricane hitting our islands atsome level is really a question of when, not if. We have been fortunate of lateas advancing hurricanes have skirted our shores, drifted north or south or brokenup before causing cataclysmic damage. Hurricane Iniki arrived in mid-Septemberof 1992; it killed six people, left almost 1,000 injured and caused over$1.8-billion in damages (that's over $3-billion in 2017 dollars) as it slammedinto Kauai after first threatening our tourist and economic hub on the southshores of Oahu.

How much better prepared are we now then we were 25 yearsago? How much safer or stronger is our infrastructure? How much better are vitalcommunication standards today in case of widespread power outages? How fast canrelief come our way with no adjacent states to help provide power, blankets orwater? How viable are contingency plans? How have new buildings, roads, and infrastructureaffected possible flood zones and the threat of seawater surge over the pastquarter century? These are just a few of the questions that hopefully have beenaddressed and answered by the powers that be locally as we thrive in ourtropical paradise- somewhat defenseless vs. the perhaps inevitable wrath ofMother Nature. Think about it …

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