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Maui prepares for rare, dual hurricanes

Maui, Hawaii gas stations are all busy with customers filling their tanks in case of emergency.
Maui, Hawaii gas stations are all busy with customers filling their tanks in case of emergency.
Steven K Scott

Hawaii often experiences a tropical storm, but rarely are the Hawaiian islands the target of two tropical storms.

As of Wednesday evening at 20:00 (8 p.m. local time), Maui is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Iselle on Thursday evening, and Hurricane Julio over the weekend. Tropical Storm warnings have been issued to the Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, The Big Island, and Maui.

There are lines at all the gas stations, as locals fill-up and top-off gas tanks in case gasoline deliveries are interrupted. Long lines are seen at all the grocery stores, as both locals and tourists are snapping-up every available bottle of water. There's a general concern of heavy rains causing water contamination.

Many airline companies are letting passengers change their plans, or leave the islands earlier with no additional fees. United, Delta, and Hawaiian Airlines are all offering schedule changes with no fees. Other island-based airlines are also offering assistance to passengers.

"We're ready for the hurricanes", says Elizabeth Boney, a local Maui resident. "It appears Hurricane Iselle is losing some power, so we'll just keep listening to the radio and TV for updates and instructions over the next 24 hours."

Since locals on all the islands of Hawaii are accustomed to an occasional tropical storm, having a second hurricane a few days after the first hurricane has presented a different set of potential problems. The typography of the islands are not able to handle a lot of rain in a short period of time, and flash flooding and the accumulation of large amounts of water is to be expected

Hurricane Preparation Suggestions.

  • Certainly buy some bottled water if you can find it, but also grab a few bottles of Gatorade or other energy drinks. Even a can of soda or two won't hurt to have handy.
  • Pick-up a cheap flashlight in case of a extended power loss.
  • Fill your car with gas as soon as you can. The islands could be without gasoline deliveries if the harbors are damaged in any way.
  • While you're tempted to see the crazy surfers doing their "thing" in the high surf, stay away from the coastline.
  • If you're staying in a condo or resort/hotel, listen to the instructions of the staff. They're experienced in these types of situations and are prepared to assist you.
  • Be prepared to move to a higher elevation and away from the rising ocean level and high waves.
  • Assemble a sack of snacks and power bars to take with you, in case you need to evacuate your residence.
  • Be extra cautious if you are staying on a ground floor residence.
  • Maui's streets are easily flooded, as the amount of water falling exceeds the amount of run-off and the drainage system can not handle the high volume of water. Be careful in low-lying, sea level areas.
  • Notice the Evacuation Route signs throughout the islands, and become familiar with their instructions.
  • Listen to local radio and TV programming. The local media are constantly updating their weather predictions.
  • If you need batteries, make sure you get some quick!
  • Charge all your electronic devices. Make sure you store the chargers in a safe place that you can remember the location.
  • Above all else, remain calm!

More About Hawaii Weather & Updates.

One of the best sources for Hawaii weather updates is with Hawaii Weather Today. Also, for watch for weather forecasts from The Weather Channel. For specific information about the weather on Maui, Hawaii Active is a good source.

Top 10 Maui Restaurants.

  • Mama's Fish House is one of the most well-known restaurants on Maui.
  • In Lahaina Town, try Lahaina Grill. It's one of the best restaurants on Maui.
  • Merriman's Hawaiian Restaurant in Kapalua has won many awards for outstanding food.
  • The Pineapple Grill in Kapalua is a popular, upscale restaurant popular with locals and tourists alike.
  • On the west side of Maui, try Star Noodle. It's one of the most popular restaurants on the island.
  • The Plantation House in Kapalua offers an excellent fine dining experience.
  • Sarento's On The Beach in the Kihei area of Maui is always recognized for outstanding food and service.
  • Hali' imaile General Store has pleased customers since opening in 1988 with its upcountry location.
  • Japengo At The Maui Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa is a recent addition to the Top 10 Restaurants on Maui.
  • Roy's in Ka'anapali has consistently been one of the top restaurants on Maui, Hawaii.

Maui's Top Attractions.

  • Haleakala National Park lets you visit one of the most rare sights in the world at over 32,000 feet.
  • The Road To Hana takes a full day but is one of the most famous drives in the world.
  • One of the wettest and most beautiful valleys on all the Hawaiian islands is at Iao Valley.
  • Visit 7 Sacred Pools (Ohe'o Gulch) past Hana on the far windward side of Maui.
  • A "must-see" beach is Big Beach at Makena State Park on the southwest side of Maui, Hawaii.
  • Lahaina Town & Banyan Tree on the west side of Maui is a historic whaling town with much to see.
  • Stroll through gardens with over 45 varieties of lavender at the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm.
  • One of Maui's top-rated family attractions in the Maui Ocean Center.
  • Maui Tropical Plantation offers rides through a tropical plantation and has a fun zipline.
  • The Sugar Museum is located on Hawaii's largest working sugar factory.
  • Tedeschi Winery produces wine from Maui-grown grapes at the Ulupalakua Ranch.
  • Surfing Goat Dairy has world-class cheese made upcountry in a unique setting.

Maui's Top Activities.

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