Looking to the east

It’s the first full week of August, and the weather reports are talking about tropical depressions and hurricanes. It’s been quite breezy the past couple of days, from a tropical depression that passed far south of us. But now there’s hurricane Iselle, and the meteorologists are showing a path that goes right over the Hawaiian islands. That storm is supposed to be here by Thursday night. And Julio is right behind it. Guess I’d better get this week’s blog out early!

Monday there was a run at Costco – they sold out of batteries, bottled water and generators in the first 40 minutes they were open. Diapers and toilet paper soon followed.

And the surf on the beach is getting high. It’s amazing that people go out in the water when it gets the most dangerous. Every day we’ve had seals on the beach, on Monday we had two, W06 at Poipu and 4DP at Lawai beach, so Charlie and I had to split up. We have few volunteers now available, as many are off-island on previously scheduled trips. Needless to say, we’ve been on the beach a lot this past week.

It appears that the hurricanes are diminishing in speed a little and that Iselle is supposed to pass a little north and Julio south. If it stays as predicted, we’ll have winds at about 60 MPH and heavy rain and “only” a tropical storm, however nobody is taking chances. We are supposed to fill enough containers with water to last for one week in case power is interrupted and stock up on non-perishable foods. We are both working the primary election on Saturday, it is still supposed to happen, but many folks have voted early, including us.

The seal volunteers are excused from monitoring seals as of Thursday, because of the building surf and high winds. Evidentially the seals go out to sea into the deeper waters during hurricanes.

I’m sending the blog out early in case we lose power during the storm.

On Thursday we had a seal up early but she left by 10 am; by noon the wind was picking up. The wind surge and an especially high tide was creating dangerous conditions at Poipu, so the lifeguards closed off the tombolo and the island. In the pictures you can see some fool trying to cross the tombolo and the waves are hitting him from both sides. The lifeguards were warning about the rip current across the Tombolo.

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