‘It only takes one’: With hurricane season not even halfway through, officials urge vigilance

Emergency officials urge preparedness as 2 tropical cyclones near state

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - As Erick tracks past the state and Flossie closes in, here’s a sobering reminder: We’re not even halfway through the hurricane season.

And the months of August and September are typically for the peak for cyclone activity in the Pacific.

Jeff Powell, senior meteorologist at National Weather Service Honolulu, said that means Hawaii residents should remain vigilant and stay prepared.

“It only takes one to cause mass destruction and damage, so always be prepared and be aware of what’s going on around you,” Powell said. “You never know which one coming could impact Hawaii.”

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials recommend residents have up an emergency supply kit that will have enough food, water and other necessities for 14 days.

“We just want to remind people again that we are in the middle of hurricane season and that we should be prepared and vigilant,” said Arlina Agbayani, spokesperson for Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Important documents should also be kept in a safe place, and mobile news alerts can be turned on for any updates, Agbayani said.

Forecasters warn this hurricane season will be “above average,” with five to eight tropical cyclones.

Before weakening to a tropical storm, Flossie was the fourth hurricane to form in the Pacific this season. The storm is expected to track north of the state Sunday into Monday.

The season ends Nov. 30.

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