Think About It: Waning Wind; Worries - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

September 20, 2018

Think About It: Waning Wind; Worries

OK, we made it through Lane, we escaped Olivia. Yes, we had some heavy damage from both storms in a number of places, but the overall damage was not as bad as was originally projected as these huge storms approached, and there have been very few human injuries or casualties associated with either storm. But we are not out of the woods, or the wind yet. These natural occurrences have skirted our shores, but we have not felt the full brunt of one of these whirling dervishes… yet.


It's the first time such a storm has hit Maui in the modern era, since records have been kept- that's a long time. Only four hurricanes have impacted these island in the past 68 years, and yet now we've had two close calls in the last month. Lane was the first Category 5 hurricane to come within 350 miles of South Point on Hawaii Island since Hurricane John in 1994. The moral, the warning, the blessing, if you will, is to remind us- do not become complacent or ho-hum these warnings. Do not stop preparing when the next threat occurs.


There was even talk last Thursday for a short time about a possible evacuation below Nuuanu Dam #1, due to rising rainwater. And if that evacuation was deemed necessary, it would have meant quickly relocating up to 10,000 people due to concerns about an earthen dam built in 1905. So let's hope local officials continue to dredge, re-direct, mitigate, strengthen, etc., wherever there might be a problem going forward. We have been warned, and we have escaped due to the quirks of nature. We need to remain vigilant and not breathe a sigh of relief when told that a hurricane has dropped from a category 4 to a category 3. It's still very deadly, and a few close calls must not diminish our resolve, required maintenance, and planning for what's next. Think about it…


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