Officials have recently made the announcement that the Hawaiian Islands will be hit by a category 3 hurricane. Both authorities and people are to take suitable action for the predicted weather conditions.
The hurricane will hit the Hawaii Islands next weekend. Meteorologists say that the trajectory of the storm includes the northern parts of the islands, which wouldn’t cause much damage for them. However, if there are unexpected weather conditions, the storm could turn towards the southern parts of the islands, which would be a much worse scenario.
The Hawaiian islands have recently experienced the approaching of another storm, as Hurricane Lester passed them by on Thursday. This time, authorities are concerned about the impact of the storm, and they hope people are also aware of the risks. They say that because the islands are small, they are exposed to the storm, which can severely affect them.
Even if Hurricane Madeline (which was more of a tropical storm) was easy on them, nothing could assure them that the next weekend storm will be the same. Both visitors and residents are asked by authorities to be careful and consider safety measures.
Officials also decided that public institutions should be closed at noon on Friday. They also prepared shelters and medical assistance, in case the situation gets extremely bad. Another thing they wanted to make sure was to save up fuel. The first rains and heavy winds are expected to hit the islands on Friday night.
According to the calculations of specialists, the islands which are prone to be hit this weekend by the hurricane are Hawaii, Maui Oahu, Molokai, and Lanai.
Despite the repeated warnings from authorities about the impact of the great storm, there are people and business owners on the islands who did nothing to brace themselves for the upcoming event. This is why officials think that residents might be underestimating the strength of the hurricane.
Initially, Hurricane Lester wasn’t expected to turn into a category 3 hurricane on a scale from 1 to 5, which shows a higher potential risk. Specialists think that the winds will blow with 120 miles per hour in some of the regions, but it may reach other intensity levels as well. Authorities also hope that the storm will become weaker, but their data shows no signs of that.
Last year, the Hawaiian islands faced three similar phenomena.
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