Category 4 hurricane “Flossie” is heading toward us. What is category 4? Well, the U.S. National Hurricane Center classifies hurricanes of Category 3 and above as major hurricanes. Category 4 hurricane can produce up to 155 mph wind and 18 ft of storm surge. Flossie is stirring up sustained winds around 135 mph.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Flossie was located 665 miles southeast of Hilo and about 875 miles southeast of Honolulu today. The storm was moving west-northwest at 14 mph. Good news is that Flossie will become either category 1 hurricane or tropical storm by the time it passes within 100 miles of the Big Island. However, the Big Island might still experience winds at around 39 mph.
We, however, always need to be cautious and prepared since a hurricane can change its direction without a notice. Here are the things that you should prepare for a hurricane.
1. Non-perishable food (3-5 day supply)
2. Water: 1 gallon per person per day (3-5 day supply)
3. Non-electric can opener
4. Your prescription medicatioin
5. First aid kit
6. Portable radio
7. Extra batteries
8. Flashlights/gas lantern
9. Plastic sheeting/tarps
10. Sleeping bags/blankets
11. Change of clothing
12. Personal hygiene and toiletries
13. Ice chests/coolers
14. Dry ice/ice packs
It may have been derived from the Greek word kyklon, which means moving in a circle. Some say that Piddington derived the word from the Greek word cyclos, meaning “coils of a snake”