Sunday, July 24 was a complete washout, and the ramifications were felt even after that on Oahu. As Maui and the Big Island also saw, Tropical Storm Darby wasn't a hurricane, didn't cause massive amounts of damage or destruction, but it still packed enough of a wallop to remind us just how vulnerable we are sitting out here in the middle of the Pacific.
I heard some people almost lamenting on Saturday how it seemed like the build-up to this one was a lot of hot air; perhaps we are getting lulled into non-action by the near-misses. Well, Darby was a lot of air- some of it upwards of 40 MPH, and if nothing else, it served to remind us all that the day and time may not be certain, but the idea that a really big storm could impact us big time is statistically more a matter of "when" than "if". Darby's winds downed trees and power lines. The storm also dashed a ship on rocks off the Big Island and caused flooding which prompted closure of Oahu's major town freeway.