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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Flash Flood Watch for O'ahu, Kaua'i and Ni'ihau

A flash flood watch has been issued for the islands of O'ahu, Kaua'i, and Ni'ihau, effective tonight at midnight and continuing through Sunday by the National Weather Service.  Heavy rainfall is expected throughout the islands take extra precautions to be prepared for heavy flooding.  A flash flood watch means that flash flooding is possible but not immenent in the watch area.  Residents are advised to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to act should a flash flood warning be issued.

The Saturday evening news weather report stated that the rains should begin sometime after midnight but would reach the island of O'ahu sometime tomorrow Sunday afternoon.  This is an excellent time to go over your emergency supplies and see if eveything is in working order.  Make sure you have an ample supply of batteries, have all vehicles fueled, if you need to recharge the cell phone or any other electrical supply or tool do it now while there is still electricity, don't forget to also recharge the camera battery and have extra memory sticks in the event that you'll need to use a camera.  Do an inventory on your water supply and food storage if you find that you have a few items that need restocking do them now before the heavy rains begin.
Do a quick check on your first-aid kit making sure that all you need is there and updated, get rid of anything expired and replace those items. 

If you live in a house do spot checking in and outside looking for weak spots that may leak, double check the roofing as well to avoid any leakage coming from above.  Check all windows making sure the seals are solid and secure that would prevent water from coming into the house.  If you live in low lying areas do take the extra time and precautions that is needed to safely secure your property and alleviate heavy damage from excess water.  Apartment and Condo's will probably need to fasten and secure furniture and items on balconies.  If the electricity goes out depending where you live on the island you just might not be able to have the elevator to take you up to the 15th floor that you happen to live on in a condominium.  And if you have fish tanks that rely on electrical pumps without back-up you'll probably lose your aquatic pets.  A generator comes in real handy when electricty goes out completely but make sure you also stocked up on gasoline for that generator and you know how to run and operate it safely and properly.  Hazardous weather conditions can create problems where and when we least expect them.  Always be alert to changes in the weather broadcasts and be prepared to take action if conditions worsen.

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Sue said...

Hey Aloha2U!
I wondered where you hang out :-)

I hope you and yours made it through the bad weather in one piece. That was a good thought you had about aquarium pets needing electricity ... I hadn't thought of that one before.

Glad to have finally found you. Great post!

Aloha2U said...

Thanks Sue! Fortunately the weather was not that bad but it always helps to be ready and prepared just in case.

My Mom has lost quite a few fish on several occassions due to electricity loss and I'm not sure if she has a back up plan for them either. No one in my family ever listens to me but that's fine with me. I just relay the message and it's up to them to be responsible enough on their own if disaster strikes, if they're not ready well at least I tried to warn them.

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