Winter in Hawaii means rain, and when it rains in Hawaii, it really rains. I mean buckets and buckets. When the wind is also involved, it can get pretty wild.
Our first big storm of the year hit the first weekend of November. It began in the middle of the night, with thunder so loud, I swear the entire island woke up (except my brother who is deaf and all the other deaf people on the island). It was definitely a deluge. The Windward side of the island suffered the most damage. There even was snow on Mauna Kea! There were floods and power outages all over the island. Luckily the worst that occurred on my side of the island was cable and internet outage which meant that I finally finished that book I had been working on.
The published rainfall totals for the 24-hour period in inches from the storm:
Waihee Pump: 10.25, Maunawili: 6.83, Olomana Fire Station: 7.74, Moanalua: 4.87, Palisades: 7.52, Schofield Barracks: 6.27, Lualualei: 3.56, Waianae Valley: 3.63, Waianae: 2.98, Makua Range: 3.88
Since our first big winter storm, we have had a few more rainstorms which were loud enough to wake you up from a deep sleep in the middle of the night just from the sound of the rain.
Today, it dumped again. I really don't mind the rain that much if I am snug in my bed, but I am not a fan of driving in a downpour. Fortunately, it let up some during morning rush hour.
I read this evening that the city has activated its Emergency Operation Center in response to a storm front that is moving over the Islands and is expected to generate gusty winds of up to more than 60 mph. We are also under another flash-flood watch through Thursday. Fun, fun, fun.
This is the safety alert that has been posted so we will be prepared for this storm:
Hawaiian Electric Company says check and restock emergency supplies like flashlights, batteries, radios, canned food and bottled water.
Have backup power for life-sustaining medical equipment.
Turn off and unplug sensitive equipment.
Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings in case of a power outage to keep food fresh longer.
I guess I better go find my flashlight. Maybe school will be canceled tomorrow!!