Hawaii Declares State of Emergency, Expecting Catastrophic Flooding

by Madison Miller

The gorgeous sandy beaches of Hawaii are about to be overrun by catastrophic amounts of rain. So much so that the entire state is calling for a state of emergency.

A very strong storm with intense winds and heavy rainfall has already hit the state, but things are expected to possibly get worse. The power is already out for many thousands of people across the state. The poor conditions and the threat for more to come caused Governor David Ige to issue a state of emergency. It will stay in effect through December 10 at least.

Intense Storm Shakes Hawaii

The storm hit the islands on Monday, which led to about 10 to 15 inches of rain throughout the state at least. Now, people are being told to stay home and stock up on as many supplies as possible. The state capital is currently under a flash flood warning.

β€œExpect widespread heavy rainfall with this system, especially under the large heavy rain band, capable of producing catastrophic flooding, and strong gusty southerly winds through Wednesday,” the National Weather Service informed people earlier.

So what is it that is causing havoc for people over in Hawaii?

A Kona storm has rolled in viciously. This is a type of cyclone that is common in the area during the winter. These winds that are hitting the island originate from the southwest. These storms create massive amounts of rain, which can lead to flash flooding and landslides.

The National Weather Service anticipates intense flooding and landslides in the next few days. The islands of Oahu and Kauai are under the greatest threat of flash flooding. There are already four shelters opened on Oahu and the beaches are deserted throughout most of the state. Certain public schools were also shut down on Monday.

Travel will also be greatly impacted throughout the state. Specifically, low spots in roads will be impassable due to rain and areas that don’t normally flood will suffer from landslides.

Pearl Harbor Survivors Gather

Despite the adverse weather throughout the state, people are still gathering in Hawaii to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Both survivors of the attack and other veterans are showing up to pay tribute to the 2,403 people who passed away from the attack. According to KHON2, there are 59 members of the Greatest Generation in Hawaii. They arrived at the Honolulu airport on December 3.

One of these survivors is 101-year-old Ira β€œIke” Schab Jr. He is one of the last remaining individuals to survive the surprise aerial attack 80 years ago.

β€œI got out of high school and couldn’t find a job. Because I had been a musician since I was about 6 years old, my dad suggested I try out the Navy and see what they could do. And I did. They asked me for an interview, I passed, and I went to music school and became a Navy musician,” he said to People regarding his time in the service.