By Shepard Ambellas
An ominous day in Hawaii as people prepare for the worst
Update 1:55 pm HST, Friday: So far damage is minimal. The first storm has passed the island.
MAUI, Haw. (INTELLIHUB) — It was like the calm before the storm Thursday morning as a rainbow filled the sky on the North Shore.
I myself made a trip to town to secure a few supplies at the last-minute and found quite a few of the shelves in Kmart to be bare, especially the ones in the water and the canned food aisles. I myself found only 3 gallons of water for my family, adding to my worries.
So far the Big Island is getting hit by the first surge from hurricane Iselle and even a larger storm, hurricane Julio, is trailing just behind on nearly the same course. It’s a double whammy.
This all follows a 4.5 magnitude earthquake which took place on the Big Island earlier Tuesday.
Some locals, who I have spoken with suspect that “H.A.A.R.P.” may be to blame.
Iselle marks the first storm to hit the islands hard in almost 25-years.
NBC News reported:
At a news conference Thursday, state officials called on islanders to hunker down ahead of the fast-moving storm, which could become the first hurricane to thump Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki made landfall in 1992. Governor Neil Abercrombie said that emergency crews were “fully prepared” for a rough night ahead and “confident” they could handle the brunt of the storm, but he stressed that “this is not some game.” He said the National Guard was at the ready and shelters were being opened across the state. The two looming storms have disrupted the tourism industry and scuttled summer vacation plans. Education officials said public schools on the Big Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai will be closed Thursday.
People on the island have mixed opinions on what the severity of both storms may be.
As of now rain is hitting lightly in Haiku on Maui as the island braces for impact around 9 pm Thursday.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu recently gave local some hope, tweeting:
I will try to provide updates as long as possible and possible during the surge.
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About the author:
Shepard Ambellas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified.