The weather is crazy here!! It started pouring again this morning. The wind is howling. Here is a photo of the damage on Kunia Road from Thursday's rain.
(photo linked to the Honolulu Advertiser article)
CLICK HERE to see a slideshow of more amazing photos from the storm (including a couple of cool waterfall shots). Place your mouse near the top of each photo to see the description for each photo.
Yesterday the weather was calm most of the day. The skies began to turn black late in the afternoon just as I was heading to physical therapy. I tried not to think about my drive home while in therapy.
When I finished my session, it was raining, but not too bad. The scary part though was the thunder and lightning, which thankfully is pretty rare here in Hawaii. Ever since I was little, I have always freaked out during thunder and lightning storms. Driving in one is definitely not one of my favorite things to do. Other than that, the traffic gods were looking out for me because I made it to the shopping center near my house pretty quickly (which is a miracle even on a sunny day).
Just as I stopped at Long’s Drugs, the sky opened up and it started to pour buckets, so hard that it sounded like pellets hitting my windshield. I ran into the store, still managing to get soaking wet even though I parked right near the store. As I was looking for some little containers for cookies in the back of the store, the lights went out. It was pitch black! Everyone in the store gasped loudly. The lights came back on pretty quickly, but those few seconds seemed like minutes while it was pitch black in the store. This little boy near me was very freaked out.
I had planned to also stop at the grocery store (next door) to buy the ingredients to bake cookies this weekend, but after the power went out in the store, and losing power for nine hours on Thursday due to the storm, I decided to wait until today. Unfortunately, the weather is still crazy this morning, so I am not sure what I am going to do now. Hopefully the weather will calm down. Either that, or I will have to take a leap of faith and keep my fingers crossed that my power will stay on all weekend.
The news last night showed that the road into and out of my town was closed due to flooding. It must have happened during the downpour that started when I reached the store near my house. I read that they opened just one lane going into my town later on and the traffic was backed up for miles on the freeway before the exit. I am sooooo glad I made it home before the rain started again. The traffic gods were definitely looking out for me yesterday. Let’s hope the power gods will do the same!
*Not sure why my comments were not on for Thursday's post. Thank you Kim for alerting me and fixing the problem :)