Businesses not taking any chances as remnants of TS Howard hit the islands

Businesses not taking any chances as remnants of TS Howard hit the islands
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Central Pacific Hurricane Center says remnants of Tropical Storm Howard may bring heavy showers, mainly to Kauai Sunday night, but Oahu businesses aren't taking any chances.

The Actor's Group (TAG) in Iwilei built a three-foot wall in front of its building at the Dole Cannery, after it got flooded during Tropical Storm Darby two weeks ago.

"I call it Thermopylae, and it's our way of battling the flood in the past," said Eric Nemoto, TAG president. "It's not just a financial thing, it's psychological damages. All of us, every week, we're having to worry, is it raining downtown? How does it look like?"

CPHC says so far, Howard marks the third system to enter the central pacific basin this hurricane season.

"It doesn't look like Howard's going to have quite the impact that we saw along the south shore or town-side of Oahu that we saw with Darby," said meteorologist Tom Birchard. "Rainfall hasn't been as intense so far with Howard on the islands that we saw with Darby, but there is some of that potential especially for Kauai later today into tonight."

Nonetheless, Birchard says businesses and residents should remain vigilant. "If you live in a flood-prone area, just be alert for rapidly rising waters and I would forego any hiking trips that take you near a stream."

The TAG team is prepared and so is the entire Dole Cannery.

Nemoto said it has ordered custom-made flood barriers for all tenants in the building.

"They're trying their best to really protect everybody, but what can you do when you have a flood like this?" said Nemoto. "All of us, the tenants and the building itself, have to take some extraordinary measures to protect ourselves. We can't afford to get washed out again."

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