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Iselle as of 3:20 p.m. Aug 7
This is a satellite photo of Hurricane Iselle. The red numbers indicate a past position (sometimes as recently as an hour ago), with red meaning “hurricane.” The teal numbers are the forecast, and they could indicate anything from just a tropical depression up to a full-blown hurricane. The point of my showing you this photo is that the path of this projection goes right over the island of Hawaii (where I went to college) and looks to pass just south of the island of Oahu (where Honolulu, Waikiki, and I are). The island that looks most like a perfect circle is Kauai; Oahu is the island just southeast of that. Hawaii hasn’t been hit directly by a hurricane since 1992 (boy do I have stories of that one!), so I suppose we’re due. We’ve learned a lot in those years, and I have a feeling that damage to the infrastructure will be minimal, but our homeless population has also skyrocketed, so I am greatly concerned for their well-being. Luckily, we’ve had more than a week to get ready, and I know that some of our human services people have been out on the streets to tell our fellow citizens where the nearest emergency shelters are. I’m sharing this in case you have loved ones (you know, besides me) in the islands. Chances are your friends and family are fine, but lifting us all up in prayer couldn’t hurt. A friend of mine posted one satellite image of the storm, and I swear it looks like a skull. Whoever out there is conjuring the Dark Mark, cut it out! Oh yeah, and there’s another hurricane right behind it, this one named Julio, and it’s projected to pass just north of Oahu on Sunday. Yikes.
- What does your storm preparedness stuff look like?
- What kinds of storms make you the most uncomfortable?
- What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without electricity, and what were the circumstances?
- What’s the worst damage a storm has done to your dwelling?
- What was the occasion for your last storming of the gates?
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