By Jeff King
As the nation takes a look back 10 years to when Hurricane Katrina pounded New Orleans, a whole bunch of eyes are looking at the eastern Pacific where two major hurricanes are churning toward Hawai’i.
Hurricane Ignacio is now in the Central Pacific region of responsibility. As of 8 a.m. today, the center of Ignacio is about 720 miles east southeast of Kahului. This is a major Category Three hurricane with sustained winds of 115 mph. The storm is rumbling west northwest at about nine mph. On his current path, we would begin feeling the heavy rains and 74+ mph winds late Monday. As Maui Weather expert Glenn James points out, forecasts are guides – not promises. A slight wobble either way could mean the difference between a major storm event for Hawaii or just slightly elevated humidity. His forecast fingers are crossed in the hopes that Ignacio continues on a path that keeps the center of the storm offshore.
Then there’s Jimena. She’s already a Category Four tempest and is expected to reach full Category Five strength by tonight. That means winds sustained at 125+mph. On her current path, she would weaken some before coming into the Central Pacific. Worst case scenario would be two hurricanes two days apart. This is not to scare you – just inform you. Bookmark Glenn James Hawaii Weather Today page as it updates key satellite and radar images and loops constantly.
Check your emergency kit. Don’t forget about your pets. Let’s be careful out there.