*UPDATE/ Hurricane FLOSSIE* Hawaii : Paradise and Pacific Horror Stories

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 Being in our little "Paradise" in Hawaii and out in the middle of the Pacific has its horror stories too. The islands of Kauai, Niihau and Oahu were devastated by Hurricane Iwa (pronounce eeva) on November 24, 1982 and caused the destruction of over2300 buildings, including over 1900 residential homes and leaving 500 people homeless.

The island of Kauai was hit head on by Hurricane Iniki (pronounced ee-knee-kee and a Category 4 hurricane and third most destructive hurricane in U.S. History) back on September 11, 1992 (ironically the same date as 9/11-World Trade Center) with the eye passing straight over that island. The island was devasted and it took many years to rebuild. This hurricane was supposed to pass south and continue west but it took a severe right turn and hit Kauai. This happened just weeks after Hurricane Andrew hit Florida.

With Hurricane Flossie on the move towards Hawaii we are always unsure of the path of a hurricane and whether or not it will hit us head on. On the news last night they were talking about "make your house more hurricane proof because there's no room at shelters anyway". Well, basically that was the insinuation. I have written about our islands having only so much of buildable land. Well, we don't have a bunch of shelters to accomodate about 1 million people on our island of Oahu alone either.

We have a great warning system but too many people for the few shelters we do have. Our traffic is already horrendous without all of us rushing to get to a shelter and I suppose I can drag my cooler on wheels to the school right over the park next door or take my chances at home?

Right now Hurricane Flossie (Category 4) is 810 miles south of the Big Island of Hawaii and 1,020 miles southeast of the island of Oahu. Late Tuesday it'll be here as a hurricane or a weakened tropical storm.

 

I am getting necessities together today. Just in case.                         

  

WATCH THE VIDEO OF HURRICANE INIKI, the spirit of Aloha and the community coming together after the devastation of Hurricane Iniki. (some clips during the hurricane as well) The U.S. National Guard played the biggest part in helping the people of Kauai with food, cleanup and all around help as well as musicians raising money for our beautiful Garden Isle of Kauai. 

 

                                                    

 

 

 

                                                                 TEN years after

 

 

 

UPDATE from NOAA 

Currently a Category 2 with winds up to 110 mph/20 ft high surf on the coasts of the Big Island and still 180 miles from the Big Island....will keep you posted.

 

Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Mililani Hawaii Real Estate Blog 2007

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Rainmaker
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Jeff R. Geoghan
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Coldwell Banker Select Professionals
Interesting before and after photos...do you have basements in your homes?
August 13, 2007 12:09 AM
Rainmaker
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1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
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Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.
Sally-LOL!  You better take your camera and your laptop so you can blog and take live pics of Flossie to post for everyone to see.  Dont forget your dog!
August 13, 2007 12:59 AM
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Teri Eckholm
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REMAX Specialists
Sally--Thanks for the reminder that hurricanes cause devastation in paradise too! I remember hearing about Andrew but don't remember Iniki in Hawaii at all. Interesting that the media didn't make that into a huge story but maybe there was no controversy. If Hawaiians are all pulling together in a positive way, the story is less interesting to the big media outlets. Stay safe...Keep that cooler packed!!
August 13, 2007 08:13 AM
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Marlene Bridges
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Sally - Great reminder to get disaster kits together.  Here in SoCal they're predicting a huge quake in the Palm Springs area.  It's always a good idea to be prepared.
August 13, 2007 10:38 AM
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Jeff:  What's a basement?

David:  I really doubt I could get a connection if it does...read the news this am...weakening but will not be a tropical storm...minimal hurricane. (what does a minimal hurricane mean?) I really doubt you can go golfing with high winds...lol!

Teri: Is that why? Yeah, we hear all the bad stuff over there as well.

Marlene: We are pretty much prepared. We have our new weather radio that charges cell phones ready too.

August 13, 2007 11:16 AM
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Midori Miller
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Sally- Be safe, get your supplies.  My favorite item for hurricanes is sterno.  I gotta have sterno.  I hope this year will continue to be quiet for us here in Florida. 
August 13, 2007 02:03 PM
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Lola Audu
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Sally, We will keep you in prayer.  I watched the national news yesterday, but somehow missed this segment on the weather.  By God's grace, it will weaken considerably before it hits the island.
August 13, 2007 04:19 PM
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Midori: You know....everyone is running around now....Is that to cook with? I hope it's quiet after this for all.

Lola: I hope so too.

August 13, 2007 05:34 PM
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oops! just sent you an email after talking to my tv...watching the hurricane head toward HI.

Didnt see this post~!
 Stay safe and be prepared..  i'll be watching and praying she fizzles out.

 

August 13, 2007 05:55 PM
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Thanks Michele!  Just talked to a couple of agents in my office....they're on the way to Costco to get water and stuff too.
August 13, 2007 06:10 PM
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Hi Sally -- Don't forget 10 years earlier hurricane Iwa hit Kauai in just the same way as Iniki.  We all need to be prepared.  I just came back from a closing and the wind is really picking up here too.  Aloha
August 13, 2007 06:59 PM
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Bruce:  Mentioned that in the first paragraph....wind picking up here as well.

August 13, 2007 07:09 PM
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Bruce Bourgault, Vice President, Mpro
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Well DUH Sally -- I was on Kauai with my Mom at the Coco Palms resort when Iwa came through and we had to go to the Kapapa Hi School Gym until the storm passed.  The Gym suffered way more damage then the Coco palms did.  Could not get off the Island so stayed and had Thanksgiving dinner there.  Coco palms cooked turkeys in Weber BBQs.  Rest Rooms were lit with candles.  My Mom talked about that storm all the time.  Aloha
August 13, 2007 07:30 PM
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Bruce:  Yeah, they said we could go to the Elem. School in Waipio Gentry and then my husband said that same thing....that school will blow away before our house does!  We said we'll stay in our house. We have custom windows/doors and with tempered glass...and my dog. (she's not allowed at that shelter)

Who knows...they think it's weakening, strengthening...can't make up their minds yet....

August 13, 2007 07:42 PM
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Midori Miller
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Sally-Sterno is for cooking.  Are you ready?  I hope so.. Stay safe...
August 13, 2007 09:49 PM
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Kaye Thomas
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My folks are on the Big Island Kona side.. so hope they don't see any problems.. they are finally making repairs from the earthquake.. thanks for this post..
August 13, 2007 10:07 PM
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Midori: I hardly cook let alone sterno for "camping"?  Thanks.

Kaye: We're all keeping watch Kaye....keep an eye on the news...whatever is coming is going to be around the Big Island by noon our time.

August 13, 2007 11:38 PM
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Susie Roscoe
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Good Luck Sally!!  Hurricanes are distressing to say the least...   We've always been in the path of the storms but my town has always been fine.  We've been without power but minimal damage.  I'm praying for YOU!!
August 14, 2007 06:20 AM
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Hi Sally! Hope everything turns out ok down there. I've been through a tornado and lost my stuff and the house. Storms are powerful things. Keep close to you the things you care for the most.
August 14, 2007 07:55 AM
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matthew

I am fourteen years old. i live in hawaii too. im scared because if something happens we cant leave.

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