The watch means the hurricane will hit within 48 hours so honolulu will get it a bit later.
Hope the storm loses power. Its supposed to be slowing down now instead of getting stronger.
it was supposed to lose power earlier on, but didn't. Instead it gained strength to almost category 5.
Best case scenario is probably that it weakens to cat 1, then swings leftwards below the islands.
In conference with HIEMA today, their forecasts raised the probability of a tropical storm powered strike on west big island to 75%, up from 40% yesterday.
The closer the hurricane gets on this trajectory, the lower the chances of it missing us. It seems like the probably of a direct strike on either oahu or kauai is going way up. The outer islands had better pray that oahu doesn't take a major hit. During iniki, much of the support to kauai came directly from oahu. If Oahu's port gets shut down, ALL the islands are going to suffer since virtually all of the cargo is routed through our harbor. In a major strike, it will take weeks to clear the harbor for shipping to start up again. Hawaii didn't invest in the equipment necessary for that type of operation. it needs to be barged from the mainland.
If kauai takes a hard strike, those stupid hippies are going to wish we still still had the superferry available.