UPDATE 2 – AUG 7, 2014 – 1:26 PM – SUNSHINE BEFORE STORM
We just got home from going into town for me to get a new phone and buy some groceries. At the moment, sun is peaking through the clouds. I did not think we would see it again till next week.
Back in Kahului and Paia, life was going on normally in early afternoon despite the impending doom – hurricanes Iselle and Julio.
And water is on sale at Safeway for $24 per carton! (see what I mean about greed and stupidity?).
Looking at the open air mall, and its tent-like roof, I only half joked with a phone vendor when I said, “wonder if this mall is going to go topless next week? 🙂
So now we sit and wait…
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UPDATE 1 – AUG 7, 2014 – 9:02 AM – EAST PACIFIC GONE CRAZY
ALL QUIET SO FAR, BUT JULIO STRENGTHENED TO CATEGORY 2 HURRICANE
ISELLE DUE TONIGHT, JULIO ON SUNDAY
You know what they say – quiet before a storm? That’s what we are having right now. Except that it’s not just a storm. It’s two hurricanes heading our way.
Iselle is due by tonight. Julio on Sunday. Iselle is still Category 1 hurricane. But Julio has strengthened to Category 2.
Genevieve has exploded into a “Supertyphoon” with winds of 150 mph. Why is that a silver lining? Because it’s far enough southwest of Hawaii. So it will not affect us.
Small mercies. With two hurricanes coming this way, we probably have enough on our hands to deal with. 🙂
First hurricanes in 22 years
By the way, Hawaii has been directly hit by hurricanes only three times since 1950, though the region has had 147 tropical cyclones over that time. Meteorologist Eric Lau told Associated Press the last time Hawaii was hit with a tropical storm or hurricane was in 1992, when Hurricane Iniki killed six people and destroyed more than 1,400 homes in Kauai.
And that’s why, ladies and gentlemen, Kauai us is the free range chicken capital of the world. 🙂 No kidding. Iniki tore up the chicken coops so badly that it released all chickens into the wild. And now, they rule the roost. 🙂