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Two Hurricanes headed for Hawaii

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Created by AUS1111 > 9 months ago, 7 Aug 2014
AUS1111
WA, 3329 posts
7 Aug 2014 5:00PM
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So we've arrived here on the North Shore of Maui for a few weeks of sailing and relaxing with the family, and now we find there are not one, but two separate hurricanes heading our way!

The locals are battening things down, there a big queues at Costco for tinned food etc, they have no bottled water left, and Neil Pryde have sold right out of 3.2s

After five days of perfect conditions, things are still pretty normal at the moment but may get ugly tomorrow evening and again on Sunday. Our house is right on the beach at Camp One and wouldn't be more than 2m above sea level so a sea surge may be the biggest danger for us. The Big Island seems sure to get hit pretty hard, but with the storms approaching from the South East, hopefully this area will be sheltered by both the Big Island and also Haleakala.

Will post some updates when / if anything happens, subject to internet of course.

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FormulaNova
NSW, 8883 posts
7 Aug 2014 7:23PM
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Hmmm, tins of spam on holiday



Mark _australia
WA, 19255 posts
7 Aug 2014 5:29PM
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Aaah and to think we had our first seabreeze here on Tues arvo. Proper easterly all day, then the offshore waned off and I was thinking how late spring it felt (26deg too ), then southerly in mid arvo.

That makes me feel happy

Oh yeah but sorry you spent $10K Chris not making it better am I

Mobydisc
NSW, 8580 posts
7 Aug 2014 7:42PM
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Hmmm, tins of spam on holiday





I've read the Hawaiians love spam. Good luck over there. Guess that's the weather for you.

ka43
NSW, 2838 posts
7 Aug 2014 8:27PM
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Mt and Dave are at Sprecks for a couple weeks, enjoy fella's!!!!!!!!!!!

cameronil
VIC, 97 posts
7 Aug 2014 10:40PM
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Good luck over there! You have Julio and Iselle. Current JTWC tracks below. I'd pay attention to what they tell you.


jn1
SA, 1750 posts
8 Aug 2014 12:35AM
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They are fairly weak hurricanes (cyclones) by Northern Australian standards, but I would be planning for the worst if I was you. Staying in a place that is 2m above sea level through a hurricane - even for a catagory 1 hurricane - is playing with fire IMO, so find out where your closest hurricane shelter is and make a plan to get there before the hurricane hits.

shear tip
NSW, 1123 posts
8 Aug 2014 5:43AM
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The big island will cop it this afternoon, we'll get it around midnight, right on high tide at 11:54pm. Luckily tonight's high tide is relatively low.
Maui's only under a storm warning, which will still be "exciting", but I think we'll lose a lot more sand at Sprecks, and there's not a lot left to lose.

sick_em_rex
NSW, 1582 posts
8 Aug 2014 11:16AM
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how's it been going Mike? How is Dave coping?
All good I hope

AUS1111
WA, 3329 posts
8 Aug 2014 11:01AM
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Not a lot to report at the moment; just an ordinary day but very few out sailing in around 18 knots. Nothing looks unusual except it's is way more humid than usual. The storm should hit around 9pm.

It's 4pm now and Craig has announced it's time to crack a coldy!

shear tip
NSW, 1123 posts
8 Aug 2014 1:36PM
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Just got back from Flatbread in Paia - last big meal and all set for the night. Deb's sorted with G & T and there's plenty of emergency beer in the fridge.
The sailing's been awesome (gpstc).

Searcher
12 posts
8 Aug 2014 2:54PM
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We're looking to head over end of September, I hope there's something left

In all seriousness though guys, I've been in hurricanes before and jn1 has got it right.

Make friends with the worse case scenario, so if it does all turn ugly you know what to do and how to do it.

Pack one backpack only with your passports, cash, first aid kit, phone and water etc. So if you have to, you outta there in seconds.

Don't just think about the hurricane either, the next day / days can be a struggle as well.

Remember that you won't be the only ones panicking, so getting anywhere quickly will be hard. You think the Hana Hwy is busy on a normal day? chuck in a little panic a couple of prangs and the only way out to salvation from Sprecks it not an option.

I wouldn't be hitting too many of those beers if I were you either, you'd want to stay sharp.

I'm probably carrying on but I've been involved in bad decisions when serious weather hit and it isn't something I like to talk about much now.

You'll be fine, just be ready.

Hopefully you can all laugh at me come Monday.

Enjoy.



AUS1111
WA, 3329 posts
8 Aug 2014 3:45PM
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Thanks for the advice - hopefully we won't need it.

8.45pm, normal trades blowing, not raining and not even all that cloudy....waiting...waiting...

jn1
SA, 1750 posts
8 Aug 2014 6:08PM
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Quick question AUS1111, what is the normal tide variation at your location ?. Is it about 2 metres from low tide to high tide ?, or is it more than this ?

J

AUS1111
WA, 3329 posts
8 Aug 2014 5:31PM
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jn1 said..
Quick question AUS1111, what is the normal tide variation at your location ?. Is it about 2 metres from low tide to high tide ?, or is it more than this ?

J


No it's less than one metre mostly. The water is very low at the moment and the breeze has kicked up to around 30 - still only normal trades.

Looking at the satellite and radar images, the storm looks to be breaking up as it hits the big peaks on the Big Island. There is a lot of rain elsewhere on Maui apparently but we are very much in the lee of Haleakala here, so all's good so far.

Vince68
WA, 651 posts
8 Aug 2014 10:40PM
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check the status here

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Maui reminds me of Robbie Naish RIP....come on "one powerball

PKenny
SA, 199 posts
9 Aug 2014 12:37AM
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Hey AUS1111,

Thanks for the updates.
We are supposed to go to Maui on Monday so when possible keep the updates happening. Gotta keep the other half relaxed and calm.

Cheers PK

AUS1111
WA, 3329 posts
9 Aug 2014 2:57AM
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PKenny said..
Hey AUS1111,

Thanks for the updates.
We are supposed to go to Maui on Monday so when possible keep the updates happening. Gotta keep the other half relaxed and calm.

Cheers PK


No probs - all I can say is Yawn ….it hasn't rained here but it's overcast and the breeze is just the normal trade direction and fairly strong- maybe 35 knots. We should get some good sailing in today

Hurricane Iselle has weakened to a tropical storm and seems to have passed well to the south of Maui. I believe there has been a lot of rain elsewhere on he island.

Julio is on track to pass to our North on Sunday / Monday, so we''re hoping for some swell from this. You'll be fine!

dan berry
WA, 2562 posts
9 Aug 2014 5:26AM
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I was on maui around 2000 when we were going to be hit by "the biggest hurricane in 80 yrs!!!".............. All we got was ****e trades and abit of rain for a day. Bit of a let down really. But there was all the usual panic buying of food and water ect. I thinks it's just how they clear the Costco shelves of all the older food.

AUS1111
WA, 3329 posts
9 Aug 2014 8:27AM
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dan berry said..
I was on maui around 2000 when we were going to be hit by "the biggest hurricane in 80 yrs!!!".............. All we got was ****e trades and abit of rain for a day. Bit of a let down really. But there was all the usual panic buying of food and water ect. I thinks it's just how they clear the Costco shelves of all the older food.


I reckon you nailed it!

DavMen
NSW, 1458 posts
9 Aug 2014 11:45AM
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sick_em_rex said..
how's it been going Mike? How is Dave coping?
All good I hope




The Hurricane was a bit of a fizzer last night(not so unahappy about that) I think the biggest gust at the airport was early morning around 5 or 6am in the low 40's(knts).


RIB Report
I thought my ribs where finebefore I left Sydney, had been back at the gym doing light weights routine, but was in real pain on the first days sailing at Maui. Trying to water start on my Port tacks and even plain sailing on that tackwas so painfull. Had to pack it in real early.
The next day was just not on for me as my ribs were in a fair bit of pain all over again.
The third day was a little better and gave it another shot, I was sailing through the pain out to just before the breakers, but still the pain doing anything on the port tack was overwhelming but still managed to get a few hours in on a 90l fsw and Ezzy panther 4.1. Such an amazing place to sail! Only managed to spot one turtle to Mikes 17 odd.

Hasn't really been sail-able since. Tomorrow our last day isn't looking good at the moment.

Here's a pic of Mike on our 2nd full day

ka43
NSW, 2838 posts
9 Aug 2014 12:25PM
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That's a real bugger Dave. At least you are on the water and glad you are enjoying Maui. Bit different than LG hey!!
yep, that sure looks like Sugar Cove from Spreecks, windy and choppy as!!

philn
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9 Aug 2014 11:34AM
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dan berry said..
I thinks it's just how they clear the Costco shelves of all the older food.


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