I didn't realize WU is now part of weather company... Sigh, no wonder it isn't as good as a few years ago and stopped having easy access to UV and such.
Please tell me Willyweather isn't owned by them...
Winspeed is windspeed...
It's not just the winds. But right now it is still a CAT4 which is painful. The latest forecast has it at a CAT1 when it approaches Oahu Friday night and stay as a CAT1 as it approaches and passes Kauai. But it's not just the winds which can do enough damage on their own. It's the rain. There's going to be a LOT of rain which is certain to cause landslides and flooding. And then there's power. While Hawaiian Electric has gotten much better over the years - because most power lines are above ground it's a high probability that power is going to go out in many areas. So you take the winds, the rain, and loss of power - and a lot of people are going to be a lot of people in pain. For RobK who wrote it's a "non-event" you clearly haven't been though a hurricane or an earthquake (which we get here too) - and have no idea what you're talking about.
Maybe because I'm from Florida:. Ride out a 2, flee from a 3.
Coastal and properties at the base of hills are at high risk.
If there was a risk of CAT 4 hitting, I would have a very different tone. Note "flee from a three.". But as the hurricane turned and has been weakening. A few days ago 160mph winds. 130 is still a cat 4, but not the 160mph cat4.
It will be a hassle. I've been through earthquakes, including big ones, and tropical storms. This is currently predicted as a tropical storm or depression. While power will be lost and the quantity of water will be high, the last prediction I saw was 7.5". I've been through 17" in a night, peak of over 2.5" per hour.
It won't be a non-event, but it isn't nearly as bad as having an hurricane eye go up Florida.
I hope the storm turns south more. In particular as the mom is with my kids and she... isn't good with stress. But they aren't on the hotel ground floor. They have water. Knowing my daughters, they will have no issue getting food. Nor taking 5 flights of stairs. We do that for fun at hotels!
A little prep goes a long way.
NOAA is scheduled to report in 20 minutes. I predict a cat 3 downgrade.
Winter is coming.