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Hurricane Watch Canceled for State

Aug 29, 2016
National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The hurricane watch for has been canceled for the state. 

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The remnants of Tropical Storm Darby continue to drift away from the islands. And while the state escaped any major damage, cleanup is continuing. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

A muddy mess at the intersection of Dillingham and Middle Street is one of the final remains of Darby, the first major storm to hit Hawai‘i this hurricane season. Heavy rain Sunday night caused the nearby Kalihi stream to overflow, flooding the road with tree branches, debris, and thick layers of mud.

NOAA
NOAA

Updated: Monday Afternoon. 

Flash flood warnings and high surf advisories have been canceled and emergency shelters on all islands have closed as Darby is downgraded to a Tropical Depression but it is still expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of additional rainfall over parts of the islands.

4 to 7 Cyclones Predicted for 2016 Hurricane Season

May 26, 2016
NASA
NASA

Weather officials say Hawai‘i will see normal to above normal activity this hurricane season, predicting between four and seven tropical cyclones. 

The 2016 outlook comes on the heels of last season’s record-setting El Niño year. That’s when 15 named storms entered the Central Pacific, the highest in recorded history. 

Larry Loos / FLickr
Larry Loos / FLickr

This Friday marks five years since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan. More than 16-thousand people were killed and another 7,000 were injured. The estimated $235-billion in damages makes it the costliest natural disaster in human history.  It was also a life-changing experience for HPR guest commentator Ray Tsuchiyama who now works with a national disaster training center in Honolulu.

Kevin Kodama / Central Pacific Hurricane Center
Kevin Kodama / Central Pacific Hurricane Center

Today marks the official end to what’s been a busy hurricane season in Hawai‘i. It’s been a record-breaking year for the islands, with a total of 15 tropical cyclones formed in the Central Pacific. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Hurricane Fatigued? You're Not Alone.

Sep 2, 2015
NOAA
NOAA

We’re halfway through Hawai‘i’s hurricane season and we’ve already seen nine tropical cyclones. Fortunately, none have posed a serious threat to the islands and no tropical storm or hurricane warnings have been issued so far. But state officials worry not only about the rest of the season - but also about fatigue and a dangerous complacency. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Albizia Trees Still a Concern This Hurricane Season

Jul 27, 2015
Rich Wlosinski
Rich Wlosinski

With an active hurricane season expected this year, communities in East Hawai‘i are once again focusing their efforts on the invasive albizia tree. Last year’s Tropical Storm Iselle toppled many of the trees, downing power lines, blocking roads and damaging homes. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many are worried the next big storm could bring similar results.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

For residents in Hawai‘i, the start of summer also means the beginning of hurricane season. State and county officials have wasted no time preparing for what’s predicted to be an above average year. All week they’ve been conducting an annual hurricane exercise called Makani Pāhili, which means ‘strong wind.’ HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr

Meteorologists with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are predicting a busy storm season. In their pre season press conference officials predicted 5 to 8 tropical cyclones could form in the central pacific basin this year.  The busiest months for hurricanes are July thorough October, and models point to a 70% chance for an above normal season because of El Nino conditions. Tom Evans is the acting director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.  He says it only takes one storm to produce devastating results.  

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai'i residents and visitors were spared a direct hit by a hurricane this weekend. Ana has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is continuing to move on its westward path, away from the islands. HPR's Molly Solomon has more.

The History Behind Naming Hawaiian Hurricanes

Oct 17, 2014
NASA
NASA

Tropical Storm Ana continues to churn towards Hawai’i. Its name was selected from a list, reserved for storms formed in Hawaiian waters. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a closer look at the history behind the naming of Hawaiian hurricanes.

What’s in a name? In the case of Hawaiian hurricanes -- quite a lot. Robert Ballard is with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. “If the disturbance or tropical depression develops into a named storm between 140°W and the dateline, then it gets a central pacific name.”

Town Square: Hawaii's disaster response

Aug 21, 2014

  For years we were warned that Hawai‘i was due for a hurricane. Tropical Storm Iselle made that warning real. Now after a few weeks, and as Big Island districts dig out, how would you grade Hawai‘i’s response before, during and after the storm? Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and State Emergency Management Agency Executive Director, Vern Miyagi join other TBA panelists to consider that question…and how Hawai‘i preps for next time.  

Flickr / wallyg
Flickr / wallyg

Hawai‘i is bracing for the landfall of Hurricane Iselle this afternoon on the Big Island. Hotels across the islands are working to make sure a back-up plan is in place and that travelers stay safe and informed. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more…

Waikiki Residents Prepare for Hurricane Iselle

Aug 5, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

As Hawai‘i waits for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio to make landfall in the islands, many residents living in condominiums are asking how they can get prepared. That was the focus of a packed presentation in Waikīkī, where more than 100 residents gathered on Tuesday. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Here’s a list of supplies for your disaster supply kit. It should contain enough of the following items to last for 7-days:

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

The Hawaiian Electric Company is reminding people that if the state is struck by a powerful storm, electrical safety should not be taken for granted.

HECO is urging people to unplug all unnecessary electric equipment to protect against power surges. High winds can down power lines and people should stay away and assume that they are live.  If you see someone injured from a downed line, do not touch the victim, call 911 instead.

www.hawaiianhumane.org
www.hawaiianhumane.org

When preparing for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical storm Julio the Hawaiian Humane Society reminds you to remember your pets.

The society is reminding people with pets to prepare an emergency plan and kit that includes their animals.  Pet food, medications, leashes and extra water are recommended. The group also recommends keeping a current photo of your pet as well as microchip identification on hand, should you become separated from your companion.  Inga Gibson is with the Humane Society of the United States (Hawaii Office).

Forecasters Predict Uptick in Hurricane Activity

May 21, 2014
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Hawaii could see an uptick in tropical cyclones this hurricane season. Weather forecasters are predicting an 80% chance of normal or above-normal activity. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Flickr / born1945
Flickr / born1945

This Saturday is the first day of the official hurricane season. While forecasters expect a relatively mild season this year, several state agencies are involving the community in preparedness exercises. And as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, that includes on Hawaii Island.