Tropical storm Iselle is bringing in some rain and high winds. the outer bands started to show on the Big Island around 8 p.m. last night and they have had some trees down as well as rain. The system is moving slowly so it is going to have inclement weather for awhile.
Maui has also had power out from the wind damage.
I have had some off and on rain and high winds and some things are falling outside, but so far the rain has not been hard enough or long enough to cause flooding. It helps that the ground was very dry so it can absorb a lot of water now. Stronger winds and more rain is expected throughout most of the rest of the day and maybe into tonight as the system which broke up just as it hit Hilo passes to the south.
Hurricane Julio is a couple of days out, but for now looks like it will track north of the state. Hurricanes that track North are less likely to come back to us if they track high enough. Systems that track to the south are more problematic as they can suddenly turn northward. Julio will probably bring more rain Sunday and Monday. The wind and rain will cause most of the problems, but for now most businesses decided to close their doors today and told their employees to stay home so it helps that fewer people have to be out on the road. It is better for everyone to hunker down and stay safe.
I have my cats downstairs as a precaution, but they do not like being excluded and have been following me around like dogs. This is not a complement. Cats are not dogs and anyone who keeps cats knows they will cross in front of your path to get attention and get mad if you don't see them and trip over them. Cats are much better in thunderstorms than dogs, they just find a box or shelf or go under the furniture to hide. They don't make noise and they don't panic.
I made sure I got gas the other day, my flashlights are placed around the house and were tested. I have filled up my containers for water and I took in most of the things I could find although there are probably more than a few that I missed. I have a lot of pots in the yard. I bought a lot of canned beans, spaghetti and mini ravioli and I have bread and peanut butter to tide me over in case the power goes out and I can't heat anything up. I have a manual can opener.
I have a propane mini stove and propane cylinder (I just bought although I did have to go to a few places to find the burner and the fuel) and I got some charcoal for my grill. I have my emergency box, but I don't think I will need it and I have food, medicine and a crate for the cats just in case.
We get about a week warning when hurricanes are in our vicinity but people, including me wait till a few days before to stock up. Actually, I only heard about the storm two days ago because I do not have tv, listen to the radio, or read newspapers and my internet was only working intermittently for most of July.
We get a few warnings in an active season, but most of the storms fizzle before they reach us or just miss. It helps to be a small target in the middle of the ocean and to have a pressure ridge north of the islands which usually protect us from the storms by shearing off their tops before they get to us. The ridge is also responsible for the trades that we normally get.
Happy gardening in Hawaii. Gardens are where people grow.