Tuesday, August 14, 2007
So Flossie is still bearing down in the Pacific, and she is a Hurricane, well formed and moving along at about 20 MPH and could increase up to 70 MPH , and with winds of 130-140 MPH she is making good time, and still rates a Rating of 4. ( Alot of this will be determined by the water tempature). I have been tracking her on the National Weather Service Website, they have more information than CNN. I was alarmed when CNN weatherperson said yestrday " well, this storm is still South of the Islands, BUT it does fall in the CONE OF UNCERTAINITY...." I was struck by this phrase, and if you go to the National Weather Service they do show the actual cone diagram and it is all about the shift of the Cone , whether Hawaii , the Islands could be hit by this BIG storm. ( I guess I do worry is it being downplayed because it is so far away or because they don't want to scare tourists off?) Now I also know that you are wondering are the locals there preparing, yes, the Mayor and Governor are getting ready ( esp. on the Big Island). Now I know you are also wondering is Homeland Security ready ? ( ah, no, go to their website- goodle Flossie&HLS, and they have NOT updated website since Augut 8th, 2007, and really nothing about Flossie, oh and FEMA? even worse....no Mention).And do I need to point out that they have NOWHERE to evacuate to? Well, atleast there is some military there ( I think ) and that should help....Keep an eye on this. We should all know by Tuesday morn about The Cone.....and Flossie's Path.
****IT IS NOW TUESDAY EVENING, THE BLOG LINKED TO THE TITLE IS FULL OF REALLY GOOD UPDATES. THE STORM IS WITHIN HOURS AND MILES OF HILO. THE BLOG ABOVE ALSO CONTAINS INFO ON THE QUAKE TOO. BE SAFE, WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED, EVEN AS IT IS DOWNGRADED TO A CAT2 STORM. REMEMBER EVEN WHEN PHONES DON'T WORK WELL, TEXT MESSEGING STILL CAN GET THROUGH.THE NEXT 24 HOURS ARE CRITICAL.
*CLICK TITLE FOR GREAT NEW UPDATED LINK: I have found a WONDERFUL Blog that is keeping track of the Hurricane Flossie- with graphics and all kinds of weather and geographic tools, and they also have a plethera of GOOD info. I am adding them to the Blogroll Under:FLOSSIE: Our Life in Hawaii for now...