This Is Paradise? Mauna Kea Under Blizzard Warning; Rare Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued as Flooding Rain Pounds Hawaii

The island chains of Hawaii are experiencing strong winds, heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, and even a blizzard warning on top of Mauna Kea. Flash flooding has impacted roadways and have caused rockslides that have blocked major highways. Some areas have experienced up to 14 inches of rainfall. “If that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday morning, the NWS office issued the first severe thunderstorm watch in Hawaii since Aug. 24, 2015, for the threat of large hail and damaging winds.”  (Erdman)

https://weather.com/news/weather/news/hawaii-blizzard-warning-flooding-2017

2 thoughts on “This Is Paradise? Mauna Kea Under Blizzard Warning; Rare Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued as Flooding Rain Pounds Hawaii

  1. This storm brings up common points that we have been discussing in class. For one thing, the location of this disaster must be taken into consideration. Hawaii has been most recognized for its volcanic eruptions. One of the reasons why I think that this storm was so devastating was because the people had limited experience with this kind of disaster. Therefore, I don’t believe that they had the right evacuation plans set into place to get all of its people out safely. Another thing that must be taken into account is means of transpiration. If some people’s only means of exit were with a car, this disaster would have put them at more of a disadvantage because of the flash flooding that occurred. As the article above mentioned, the last storm to hit Hawaii happened almost three years ago. Because of this, the State was not so sure how to handle themselves. I hope that this disaster will serve as stepping stones for the next so that the people can be better prepared.

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