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SpearMax
08-14-2007, 10:01 AM
Hawaii girds for Hurricane Flossie

In addition to weather woes, Big Island hit by 5.3 magnitude earthquake
The Associated Press

Updated: 9:33 a.m. ET Aug 14, 2007
HONOLULU - Public schools closed and Hawaiians were warned to stock up on food and water as Hurricane Flossie roared toward the state early Tuesday. As if the storm wasn’t enough, an 5.3 magnitude earthquake jolted the Big Island of Hawaii overnight.

The eye of the Category 3 storm, with maximum sustained wind down slightly at 110 mph, was expected to pass less than 100 miles from the islands, lashing the shores with strong wind and up to 15 inches of rain, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service placed the Big Island under a hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning. A flash flood watch was also issued for the island through Wednesday, with possible flash flooding in areas.

Gov. Linda Lingle signed an emergency disaster proclamation, which activates the National Guard. Island Mayor Harry Kim also declared a state of emergency Monday as a precaution. All 56 public schools, as well as private schools, on the Big Island also were closed for Tuesday.

Just as preparations for the storm were under way, Hawaii got another scare: A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck about 25 miles south of Hilo. There were no reports of injuries or damage in the Monday night quake, although it did cause a small landslide, according to Tom Brown, a spokesman for Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Largely rural Big Island
The Big Island is largely rural, with about 150,000 people, and most live in the west or northeast, not the southern portion expected to be hit hardest by the hurricane. Other islands are expected to get much less of the storm’s wind and rain.

At 8 a.m. EDT, Flossie was about 240 miles south-southeast of Hilo and 450 miles southeast of Honolulu, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. The storm was moving west-northwest at about 14 mph.

Hurricane-force wind of at least 74 mph extended outward up to 40 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical storm force wind of at least 39 mph extend outward up to 150 miles.


Meteorologists cautioned that even a slight change of course in the unpredictable storm could take it closer to land.

“We’re not out of it, but this is too close for comfort,” said National Guard Maj. Gen. Robert Lee, the state adjutant general.

Forecasters earlier had said cooler weather would weaken the storm to a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained wind of at least 74 mph, by the time it passes about 90 miles south of the Big Island of Hawaii on Tuesday.


But on Monday forecasters said they now expected little change in strength from Category 3 when it passes the island. Earlier Monday, Flossie had been a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained wind of 140 mph.


The last time a hurricane hit Hawaii was 1992, when Iniki ravaged Kauai, killing six people and causing $2.5 billion in damage.

Elsewhere, a tropical depression in the far Eastern Atlantic — the fourth of the season — was 855 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of Africa, and about 1,660 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It had maximum sustained wind at 35 mph and was moving at 21 mph.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. In May, forecasters said the Hawaiian Islands and the rest of the central Pacific faced a slightly below-average hurricane season, with just two or three tropical cyclones expected because of lower sea surface temperatures.


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biggsy
08-14-2007, 10:21 AM
Stay safe everyone!

IRONHEAD
08-14-2007, 11:03 AM
I forsee jaws having some epic waves rolling in as well as hookipa beach.

BreathlessSight
08-20-2007, 08:03 AM
WoW dont wish us safety when we got hit by the category 5 typhoon

Daryl and Rick, sorry we couldnt get together while I was in town. There was a tragedy and I guess we were all busy. But I hope you guys and the boats are safe.

Platypus
08-20-2007, 05:17 PM
Kev,
Rick is in Japan (Navy biz), then off to Palau (without me) :mad:

BreathlessSight
08-20-2007, 05:45 PM
Kev,
Rick is in Japan (Navy biz), then off to Palau (without me) :mad:

Ang,

Lucky guy! Cant believe you couldnt get to go. I was in town the other week (6th-12th) and Daryl said you guys were searching for a rental house in the big island. We tried to set up a date to go out one night but he was real busy with work and such. So hopefully next time we can get together. I only got in the water one time out there and dove the yo-257 wreck you see in the avatar. More pics in the freediving section.

Kev

Platypus
08-20-2007, 06:19 PM
Sorry we missed you Kev! But we did end up finding a place - right by South Point. :eek: :D
Awesome pics!

BreathlessSight
08-21-2007, 09:02 AM
Sorry we missed you Kev! But we did end up finding a place - right by South Point. :eek: :D
Awesome pics!

Awesome! Glad you guys got a place. Dont worry I shall return in Feb. :thumps:
Ya Kurt has a nice camera and knows where to be to take the shot and along with his editing skills he knows how to make an ok picture explode. He desirves all the credit, luggin that huge camera down to 85ft and swimming around me to get the shot. Hes a little hard on the models but we finally saw eye to eye :rofl:
Anyway, it was fun to get in the water and we were going to get some fishing in near the lighthouse by rabbit island but we stayed up till the time we were going to get up from late night party. It was all fun but then a terrible tragedy happen 2 days after I left with my photographers brother who I was fortunate enough to meet.

Take care Angela & Rick!

Kevin

Cant believe I missed that cookin! I would have braught a whole truck full of beer for some of that stuff :D