On the fifth floor of the Hawaii State Capitol Friday, state and federal officials inked a 2015 Hawaii Catastrophic Hurricane Plan as the islands face another potential tropical storm.

Hurricane Hilda is expected to pass northeast of the Hawaiian Islands and to weaken before it arrives in a few days, following the same pattern as the just-passed Hurricane-turned-Tropical-Storm-turned-Tropical-Depression Guillermo.

On hand for the signing were Gov. David Ige, Karen Armes, the acting regional administrator for FEMA Region IX; and Major General Arthur J. Logan, director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, which is part of Hawaii State Civil Defense.

2015 storm preparedness signing

Major General Arthur J. Logan, director of Emergency Management, signs the 2015 Hawaii Catastrophic Hurricane Plan.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

“The Catastrophic Hurricane Plan provides strategies for joint state and federal actions before, during, and after a catastrophic event,” Doug Mayne, administrator of Emergency Management, said in a press release. “The two-year planning process we underwent places us in a great position to collaborate with our federal partners, state and county agencies, non-profits, the private sector and local communities to ensure we minimize suffering from the impact of a catastrophic hurricane.”

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has initiated coordination efforts with the National Weather Service and emergency management partners for Hurricane Hilda.

At this point, Hilda is a Category 1 hurricane located 1,200 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

“There is currently a 5 percent chance that Hawaii Island may see tropical storm force winds sometime Wednesday morning,” the NWS advises.

It’s recommended residents and visitors “continue to monitor local news broadcasts” for the latest on Hurricane Hilda, even though Guillermo turned out to be a dud.

BTW, it’s only early August, and hurricane season runs through November. There is still plenty of time for storms named Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf, Patricia, Rick, Sandra, Terry, Vivian, Waldo, Xina, York and Zelda.


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