Hurricane Season in Hawaii

The Central Pacific Hurricane Season runs between June 1 and November 30. The path of a hurricane can cause mass destruction to homes and property. The National Weather Service will issue a Hurricane Watch or Warning, in the event of an approaching hurricane.

A hurricane or tropical storm watch means the threat of hurricane or tropical storm conditions exists for designated islands within 36 hours.

When a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Watch is issued, it is recommended to:

  • Fuel and service family vehicles.
  • Prepare to cover all windows and door openings with boards, shutters or other shielding materials.
  • Check food and water supplies. Have clean, air-tight containers on hand to store at least two weeks of drinking water (14 gallons per person), and stock up on canned provisions. Keep a small cooler with frozen gel packs handy for packing refrigerated items.
  • Check prescription medicines - obtain at least 10 days to 2 weeks supply.
  • Stock up on extra batteries for radios, flashlights, and lanterns.
  • Store and secure outdoor lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools.
  • Check and replenish first-aid supplies.
  • Have on hand an extra supply of cash.

A hurricane or tropical storm warning means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are expected to occur for designated islands within 24 hours. A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 mph or more are expected in a specific area in 24 hours or less. A Hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or waves continue even though winds may be less than 74 mph.

When a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is issued:

  • Follow instructions issued by civil defense. Leave immediately if ordered to do so.
  • Complete preparation activities, such as boarding up windows and storing loose objects.
  • Evacuate areas that might be affected by storm surge flooding. If evacuating, leave early.
  • Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.

During an emergency, supplies are in high demand and many stores will sell its supplies quickly. Having a Disaster Supply Kit on hand will prepare you and your family in the event of a hurricane.

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