- Posted August 8, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Hurricane season 2014
The Hawaiian Punch - Hurricanes Iselle and Julio
All of the Hawaiian Island residents and visitors have been keeping a keen eye on the status of two major hurricanes. The media coverage tracking the storms has been round the clock. Here on Oahu, we are still waiting for the storm to hit. On the East side of Oahu the winds have picked up but very little rain so far. The avocado tree outside is swaying heavy with fruit.
Aside from the silly people seeking to take advantage of the increased surf and the kite surfers enjoying the strong wind, most people are staying home. I have been fortunate as my employer closed for the day. Playing into that decision was that fact that the city and county bus system has been on very limited service today. On a regular basis, approximately 225,000 residents and visitors ride the bus system every day. It is one of the top five most utilized bus systems in the U.S. with many people relying on it for their primary mode of transportation to their employment. Some of the big box home improvement retailers are open for business which is surprising as they are already sold out of most emergency supplies.
The local visitor industry seems to be doing a wonderful job working hard to maintain the safety of their guests and employees. Another area I noted the local news doing a great job was coverage at the temporary shelters. Hawaii like any other place, has a homeless population. Most people would not think this, but this land of paradise has many homeless families with small children living in makeshift tents on the beaches as well as other public spaces all over, including famous Waikiki. Additionally, the state of Hawaii is in the throws of a primary election and many of the public schools, where many of the voting machines are located, are also doing double duty as temporary hurricane shelters.
Hurricane Julio is slated to enter the Central Pacific by later today. Now being called a strong tropical storm, pending its movement and strength it could hit Hawaii sometime on Sunday.