Think About It: Storm Warnings - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

August 30, 2018

Think About It: Storm Warnings

A few storm-related thoughts heading into this milder, long weekend…  There was certainly major damage left behind by Hurricane Lane. And some might suggest that we got off better than expected. But the next storm, whenever it is, has no relationship to Lane- in size, scope, direction, duration, velocity, or moisture. So to be unprepared based on Lane or previous storms could be a serious mistake. So you're stocked with some extra water, ramen, wooden boards, and tuna; it could have been a lot worse, and still might be the next time.

 

Many were frustrated by long lines, delays, price increases, and scarcity at some stores leading up to Hurricane Lane. I found a local supermarket with no lines, plenty of water, tuna, and other non-perishable items about 36-hours before the heaviest rain impact. Next time, you might try going to stores where everyone isn't going, to alleviate some of the sincere angst.

 

And please, enough on social media about meteorological plots to ramp up angst when nothing really awful happened. Social media has far too often become a pebble in our shoes as we stroll through life. Be real, anonymous bloggers and phony twitter twits, this was a category 5 hurricane that, at one point, was over 300 miles wide. Pure fact. This was a real threat, ominous to all, and not some nifty computer graphics, not some insidious fake news, not some plot to sell Spam and toilet paper. The storm was very real, but perhaps those in doubt or assessing blame somehow need to check to see if their grip on life is real. Think about it…

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