The last time a category 4 hurricane hit Hawaii was 15 years ago when Hurricane Iniki swept over the islands.
The eye of the hurricane passed over Kauai on September 11, 1992. It caused over $1 billion in damage and six deaths. The hurricane also destroyed 1,400 homes and severely damaged over 5,000.
Oahu also experienced moderate damage from the storm.
Hurricane Iniki was the first hurricane to hit the state since Hurricane Iwa in 1982.
It remains the strongest hurricane in history to hit the Hawaiian Islands.
Other notable hurricanes that came through our state:
Category four hurricanes can carry winds between 131 and 155 miles-per-hour. It can cause extreme damage, especially to things that aren't protected or reinforced. It can also bring down many reinforced wooden power poles, and can cause extensive damage to non-concrete roofs.
Considerable glass failures are to be expected due to flying debris and high pressure forces caused by the extreme wind gusts.
And many shrubs and trees will be defoliated or blown down, and category four hurricanes can cause major erosion to beach areas.
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