Hawaii's hurricane season runs through the end of November and as a public service, the HART Team would like to remind you about some of the notifications used by the City & County of Honolulu's Department of Emergency Management.
When a HURRICANE WATCH is issued, it means the threat of hurricane conditions (high winds and storm surge) are expected within
48 hours. Preliminary precautions should be taken.
While under a HURRICANE WARNING, residents can expect hurricane conditions within
and people are urged to take quick action to protect life and property. This is also when
evacuations are generally ordered.
In recent years, Hawaii has faced a number instances in which hurricanes have just missed our state after a WATCH has been ordered. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security. It's not a matter of IF a hurricane will strike our islands, but rather WHEN.
Hurricanes combine the threat of violent winds, torrential rains and damaging storm surge. Each of these by themselves could pose a serious threat to life and property. Taken collectively, they are capable of causing widespread catastrophic destruction.
The threat is REAL! Please visit www.oahuDEM.org for more life-saving information.