As Guillermo looms, preparations begin

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are watching Hurricane Guillermo, some people are also getting prepared.

One example was the Costco in Iwilei, which was jammed like it usually is on a Saturday. But more people were spotted coming out with cases of water.

Jeannie Lee of Kailua was one of those people. She said she was preparing ahead of Guillermo.

"I got my favorite water, so if it doesn't show up, at least we'll be prepared," she said.

Others were stocking up on other supplies, including non-perishable food. We saw one shopping cart filled with the usual monthly groceries – and a bit more.

"We got a lot of canned goods just for the storm, just in case anything happens and the power goes out," said Lissa Varde of Kahaluu. "We also got, of course, the water. Just preparation."

Preparation is a good thing, and not just for Guillermo.

"We've had an extremely active season already, and we're not even heading into what's considered the peak of the season yet," said Central Pacific Hurricane Center meteorologist Derek Wroe.

Wroe said there will likely be more storms to come.

Guillermo is still a few days away from its closest approach to the islands. "So you have some time to think about it," said Wroe. "The system won't be near us until Wednesday into Thursday, so you have a couple of days to prepare."

City Mill is also prepared with the usual supplies, including water, batteries, flashlights and more.

"Tarps," said Jay Kamiya, showing us some of the emergency supplies available. "Tarps, you know, in case the roof blows off, there's a leak, it comes in handy. Duct tape. You gotta have duct tape for anything.

The hardware store said this year's busy season has already brought more people coming in earlier for their emergency supplies. And after last year, when storms like Iselle and Ana affected the islands, the store itself is more prepared as well.

"We learned, too, yes," said Kamiya. "We got a big supply. We never run out now."

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