June 1, 2022 at 11:35 AM KSA
Hurricane season begins today for the central Pacific region that includes Hawaii, with an estimate for the 2022 season of two to four tropical cyclones over the next six months. are you ready?
Hawaiian Electric crews worked throughout the year to strengthen the company’s five island networks to better withstand the effects of powerful storms, according to a company press release. This includes strengthening poles, lines, and other equipment. The facility also spent $18.5 million in 2021 to remove trees and vegetation from around power lines and equipment, resulting in fewer and shorter outages during storms.
Weather forecasters’ forecasts of two to four tropical cyclones for the central Pacific region in 2022 include tropical depressions, named storms and cyclones. A regular season has a group of four or five tropical cyclones, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Hawaiian Electric’s work to enhance resilience includes equipment upgrades as well as long-term planning efforts that will benefit customers in the future.
Residents should also develop their own contingency plans and consider the following tips:
- Gather emergency supplies, such as a battery-powered radio, flashlights, lanterns and batteries. Be prepared to monitor communications over radio broadcasters in an emergency.
- Store enough water, non-perishable food, medicine, and personal hygiene items for your family members and pets for at least 14 days.
- Turn off and unplug all non-essential electrical appliances and equipment during a storm or power outage. When the power returns and stabilizes, connect the device one by one.
- Cut off the mains circuit breaker or switch if you need to evacuate.
- Consider having a backup generator if you rely on an electrically powered life support system. Or make plans to go to an alternate location where electricity will be available. Be prepared to take your medical devices and medications with you.
- If your business or residence has a backup generator, learn how to operate the equipment properly to avoid causing damage or injury.
- Make a list of emergency contacts including phone numbers for insurance agents, vendors, doctors or any other important individuals.
- If you see a broken power line, assume it is active and dangerous. Stay away from stuck power lines—at least 30 feet or more (at least two cars long).
Here are some of the Hawaiian Electric Company’s promotions for Maui County:
- Replacement of more than 400 poles in Maui, Lāna’i and Moloka’i to maintain strength and safety standards based on inspections and testing.
- More than 60 network protection devices installed on Maui to help prevent outages and reduce service outages for fewer customers.
- Install weather stations at targeted West Maui facilities to assess drier and hotter weather patterns contributing to longer bushfire seasons caused by climate change.
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