Friday, March 24, 2006
I guess the weather had been just nuts in Oahu and later Maui last night. I woke at about 4am and the horizon was lighting up every half second or so.
By 8 or 9 o'clock this morning it had reached here. It got flat out dark at home and my wife called from the hospital (works there) to let me know that the hospital had been warned tornados were possible with this storm and I ought to get out in the yard and bring the lawn furniture and barbeque inside. We did get a number of sudden blasts of wind, but no tornadoes in our part of the island.
It cleared out in South Kona in just a couple of hours. It's still gray to the north with occasional thunder. I've got a night charter and I'll probably head into town and decide around 4-5 if it's cancelled. We're not going out if thunderstorms are around.
Here's a few shots from the botanical gardens on the scenic loop just a few minutes north of Hilo. I think it's one of the must-dos over on the Hilo side if you are heading over that direction.