Hawaii Lacks Hurricane Emergency Plan for Waikiki, Neighbor Islands

A "statewide" plan addresses only Oahu, and its depiction of what would happen in a Category 4 hurricane here is frightening.

·By Sophie Cocke

As two hurricane-strength storms approach Oahu, the city has no comprehensive emergency plan in place for the densely-populated, low-lying area of Waikiki, which could experience storm surges, high winds, flooding and flying debris, according to John Cummings, a spokesman for Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Management.

And a statewide plan for a major hurricane only includes Oahu, not the neighbor islands, which have been hardest hit by hurricanes and tropical storms in past decades. 

As of Wednesday evening, Hurricane Iselle was approaching the Big Island with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles

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