NASA’s satellite image of Category 5 Hurricane Lane.
The news said that Hurricane Lane was different than other storms, because it was heading straight towards Hawaii. When the winds reached 160 mph, they spoke about this Category 5 hurricane as if it was the next storm of the century.
Image provided by the National Hurricane Center
When the storm hit the Hilo side of the Big Island of Hawaii, I saw this rainbow at Haleiwa Beach Park on the then sunny island of Oahu. I wondered, “Is this the calm before the storm?”
As the east coast of the Big Island was flooded with over a foot of water, they closed the schools in Maui County and on Oahu. Officials feared the worst case scenario, that Hurricane Lane would be the next Hurricane Iniki that made landfall on Kauai in 1992.
As we prepared for the impending storm, it became clear to me what was within my personal power to change and what about my situation was out of my control. I could stock up my food and water supplies. I could drive carefully and treat other people with respect. We could all help each other if we were in need.
But, I couldn’t stop Hurricane Lane from coming to Hawaii. Nor could I prevent the storm from damaging property or taking the lives of my fellow Hawaii residents. The storm was more powerful than all of us.
Hurricane Lane did flood the east coast of the Big Island where the active volcano has recently made the news. I’ve lived their before and remember how flooding happened a few times a year. Our hearts go out to people who live there, a place where the land is still forming and the storms visit frequently. Maui experienced high winds, downed power lines and brush fires. Fortunately there were no casualties on these islands.
The storm moved away from Oahu without causing flooding or wind damage. Our position in the chain of 8 Hawaiian Islands had protected us in 2 ways. The first way was that the 2 mountains of the Big Island acted as a partial storm shield for the islands west of it. The other protecting force was the wind sheer just south of Oahu that eventually weakened the Category 5 hurricane down to a tropical storm by the time it came within a 120 miles of Oahu.
It was a remarkable experience to be shielded from such a massive storm by these natural elements. The same underground lava that still pours on the Big Island made all 8 of the Hawaiian Islands. Even though we are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Oahu is protected by forces of nature that we have no control over. It made me feel gratitude that some kind of benevolent force had protected Oahu from Hurricane Lane.
I know from personal experience that it isn’t easy to live by that storm shield on the Hilo side of the Big Island. My prayers continue for those impacted by the flooding.
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