As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough, now add hurricanes to Hawaii’s list of worries.
This year’s season for the fierce and potentially destructive storms starts June 1. The National Weather Service forecasts a strong chance that the Central Pacific will see near- to below-normal hurricane activity through Nov. 30.
It further cautions, however, that all it takes is one direct hit to inflict widespread damage.
That leaves the islands’ emergency-response leaders — as well as weary and cash-strapped local residents — facing a unique, dual-threat scenario in an island state that’s severely vulnerable to disaster.
Local officials recommend that the public add hand sanitizer and masks to their 14-day hurricane kits even as they acknowledge the economic fallout from COVID-19 has left much of