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Pat Shingleton: "No Hulas or Luau's Tonight!"

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Posted: Aug 6, 2014 6:39 PM by Pat Shingleton

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In comparison to the coastal United States, Hawaii hasn't experienced as many hurricanes. Hurricane Dot covered the islands in 1959 with Iwa moving over them in 1982. The last deadly hurricane was Iniki on September 5, 1992. It caused $1.8 billion in damage with six deaths and with 145 mile per hour winds it registered as a Category 4 on Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Tonight, the first storm in 20 years will blast the islands. Hurricane Iselle, with 90 mile per hour winds, is being directed to Hawaii by a strong ridge of high pressure as warnings are in effect for the Big Island, Hawaii, and Hilo. This weekend a second hurricane, Julio, will scrape Hawaii to the northeast with enough punch to cause a second round of damage.

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