The official Hawaii hurricane season began June 1 and runs until December. Hurricanes in Hawaii are rare. The last hurricane to hit Hawaii was 27 years ago when Hurricane Iniki decimated the islands, primarily Kauai. Even after almost three decades, hurricanes in Hawaii are something those of us here always keep in mind.
2019 Hawaii Hurricane Predictions
The 2019 Hurricane Outlook from NOAA predicts a 70% chance of above normal seasonal hurricane activity. This follows last year’s close calls. In total, 5 to 8 tropical cyclones are predicted for our Central Pacific hurricane basin. The increased activity is predicted based on water temperatures that are expected to remain above average, together with vertical wind shear that is predicted to be weaker than normal.
Hawaii Travel Checklist For 2019 Pacific Hurricane Season
- First aid kit. Always good to travel with one no matter the season. There are great ones starting at under $10.
- Essential medications with a supply that’s adequate should something unforeseen occur which extends your Hawaii vacation.
- Water and non-perishable food on hand during your trip. Stores can be depleted of products almost immediately if the possibility of a hurricane occurs.
- Hawaiian Airlines and other carriers may permit you to change your Hawaii vacation plans.
- Travel insurance is always something to at least consider because you can obtain protection for substantial, non-refundable expenses. Hawaii travel insurance must be bought and in effect prior to the development of a specific hurricane, in order to be covered.
Here’s a reminder to ourselves and others who live here in Hawaii.
- Car gas tank kept at one-half or more. Propane tanks kept towards full.
- Plastic tarps and plywood for emergencies.
- Clean unused trash cans for drinking water storage.
- More food supplies than normal.
- An electric generator that is tested.
- Extra batteries and a working radio.
- Current first aid and medical supplies on hand.
- Cash for emergencies.