HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hurricane season will quickly be upon us and now is the time to prepare your home, family and insurance for the tropical cyclones.
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Officials from NOAA presented their predictions for the hurricane season of 2023 on Thursday morning.
Governor Green, NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center director Chris Brenchley and other officials presented information to help residents prepare.
Brenchley said the last several seasons have been quiet in terms of hurricane activity, with one hurricane in 2022.
Brenchley mentioned temperatures are rising across the equator and we are headed towards the El Nino season rapidly.
The forecasting team at NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center predicts Hawaii residents should anticipate a “near to above normal” hurricane season with anticipated four to seven tropical cyclones in the Central Pacific.
With an increase in activity in the basin, there’s obviously going to be a potential for more threats to land.”Chris Brenchley, NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center director
NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center emphasized because there has been lack of activity over the past seasons, causing residents to put their guard down, it is important to prepare emergency plans and kits early this year.
Vice President and Chief Impact Officer of the Hawaii Foodbank, Laura Kay Rand, spoke on the importance of community readiness.
She said the foodbank is serving one in six adults today and suggests helping neighbors stock up.
The Hawaii Foodbank also asks to donate an emergency kit from last year and renew a kit if residents can afford it.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has a list of things to keep in a hurricane preparedness kit. Click here to read.