Ana is now a hurricane. As of 11 a.m. today, the tropical cyclone achieved wind strengths sufficient to reclassify the storm as a hurricane. At 11 a.m. today, Hurricane Ana was 320 miles SSE of Kahului, traveling westward at about 14 miles per hour. Current winds at the storm’s center are reported at 75 mph., just two miles over the “threshhold” between tropical storm and hurricane strength.
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 could 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. It’s much better to be safe than sorry. 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.