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As Hurricane Lane Approached, Some Boats Had Nowhere To Escape

As Hurricane Lane Approached, Some Boats Had Nowhere To Escape

Tour boat operators say they were “blindsided” when state harbor officials barred them from taking shelter in commercial ports — a change from years past.

US Climate Report Warns Of Worsening Weather Disasters AP

US Climate Report Warns Of Worsening Weather Disasters

In Hawaii and the Pacific surface temperatures and sea level continue rising, while extremes such as drought and flooding continue affecting the islands.

Analysis: Lane Could Have Destroyed Thousands of Aging Honolulu Homes Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Analysis: Lane Could Have Destroyed Thousands of Aging Honolulu Homes

A new estimate finds nearly 4,000 families would have been displaced, mostly those living in wooden-frame houses built before the stronger 1995 building regulations.

Hawaii Must Bring More Urgency To Disaster Preparations NOAA

Hawaii Must Bring More Urgency To Disaster Preparations

The recent approach of Hurricane Lane was a reminder that the islands will be hit hard sooner or later. We are far too vulnerable right now.

What Hawaii Can Learn From Puerto Rico’s Devastation Eduardo Meléndez/Civil Beat

What Hawaii Can Learn From Puerto Rico’s Devastation

The U.S. territory still hasn’t recovered from Maria. Hawaii officials hope better coordination and a more resilient electric grid will help avoid a similar fate.

More Frequent And More Frightening Storms On The Horizon

More Frequent And More Frightening Storms On The Horizon

Hawaii has been hit directly by a hurricane or tropical storm five times since 1950. Three of those direct hits came in the last four years.

How The Ala Wai Canal Puts Honolulu’s Most Valuable Real Estate At Risk Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How The Ala Wai Canal Puts Honolulu’s Most Valuable Real Estate At Risk

Congress has authorized $345 million to strengthen the aging canal to protect against flooding in Waikiki and nearby neighborhoods.

Most Of Oahu’s Shelters Are A Long Way From Hurricane Ready Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Most Of Oahu’s Shelters Are A Long Way From Hurricane Ready

The state is assessing the conditions of shelters and retrofitting some, but the work is expensive and slow.

Turning The Lights Back On Is Tough In Oahu’s Rugged Terrain Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Turning The Lights Back On Is Tough In Oahu’s Rugged Terrain

Maintaining electricity in the wake of a major storm is also key to keeping the water supply flowing.

If The Big One Hits, Honolulu Harbor Is A Fragile Lifeline Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If The Big One Hits, Honolulu Harbor Is A Fragile Lifeline

The isolated islands would rapidly burn through food and supplies should the port close. Plan B is to bring limited goods through Pearl Harbor.

Researchers Evacuated From NW Hawaiian Islands As Storm Nears AP

Researchers Evacuated From NW Hawaiian Islands As Storm Nears

Walaka is expected to continue weakening as it veers southwest of the atolls.

No Danger Of Flooding At Nuuanu Dam, City Says Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

No Danger Of Flooding At Nuuanu Dam, City Says

UPDATED: Heavy rains had raised the reservoir level to within about 1.5 feet below the spillway, causing officials to consider evacuations.

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