By Jeff King
A distinct change in the weather is beginning in our part of the planet. Strong thunderstorms are pounding Maui’s north shore at this hour while a significant weather system rolls ashore on the southeast side of the Big Island. Meanwhile, a rapidly developing tropical depression has formed into that familiar counter-clockwise spin about 1,000 miles southeast of Kahului.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center says the system has the possibility of developing into a tropical storm. If she does, she will be named Ana. In fact, Ana could achieve hurricane strength by Wednesday this week. Computer track mapping for the system shows the possibility of sustaining hurricane strength when arriving on the Big Island Saturday. Ana could follow the same track as Iselle – the powerful tropical storm that caused millions of dollars in damage in the Puna district there.
There is also the strong possibility that Ana will veer away from the state – as Hurricane Flossie did…twice. Weather models available through Glenn James Maui Weather Today site indicate she might follow that same path.
The best advice: stay tuned. And be prepared. Is your emergency kit up to date? Do you have seven days’ worth of water? Fresh batteries? Does your family have a plan on where to meet and how to get there? Now is the time to answer all of these questions…while the “weather” is still “way over there.”