By Jeff King
Tropical Storm Ana formed here in the north central Pacific, thus it took on a Hawaiian name. As of this morning, Ana is huffing and puffing at 65 miles an hour with gusts to 75 miles per hour. For the record, a 150-pound person cannot stand in winds exceeding 65 miles per hour. He or she will blow over…not to mention the fact that already-flying objects at that speed can easily prove fatal. And later this morning, Ana is expected to become a hurricane – blowing even faster.
Maui weather guru Glenn James has collected the following critical information that should encourage all in the storm’s path to begin taking steps to protect life and property now.
This tropical cyclone has been steadily intensifying, although is expected to peak out at the category 1 level…with sustained winds of 90 mph…with higher gusts to near 115 mph. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) official forecast track has what will then be a hurricane, clipping the South Point area on the Big Island, then sweeping northwest just to the south of Maui County, before clipping the western tip of Oahu…and on towards Kauai.
This track will likely change a little each day between now and when it gets closer late Friday. However, if this current track – or even one similar to it – actually occurs, some parts of the islands will experience hurricane force winds, rough surf, and flooding rainfall.
It’s not too early to begin thinking about what needs to be done on your property…like securing loose objects, such as lawn furniture and plants, among other things. It’s time to take this threat seriously, and to certainly keep a close eye on Ana’s progress in our direction!
Follow the latest looping satellite progress here. Keep an eye on the up-to-the-minute radar animation here. Get the latest real time updates from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center here. Follow the expert narrative on Glenn James Maui Weather Today here.
Many have expressed skepticism that this will be “another false alarm.” This storm is as serious as it gets and – like Iselle and the most recent Flossie, scientists say preparation is the wisest approach. MUCH better safe than sorry. The time for “arm chair quarterbacking” will be after the threat passes. NOW is the time to act as though this will be the worst weather system to smack our precious Hawaiian Islands in more than a century.