Historically, only two hurricanes have made direct landfall in Hawaii: Dot in 1959 and Iniki in 1992. Direct landfall is defined by the center of the storm’s circulation traversing the coastline. Hurricane Douglas may be the third in history to make landfall in Hawaii. It is currently a Category 1 sitting just north of the Big Island. The islands of Oahu, Kauai and Maui are currently under a hurricane warning, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for Hawaii County. The east-facing coast lines are expected to get the brunt of high surf and heavy winds.
In Texas, Hurricane Hanna has been downgraded to a tropical depression after heavy rains and major flooding added more complications to the coronavirus-ravaged state. By Sunday, over a foot of rain had inundated the Rio Grande Valley. Hidalgo County remains under a flash-flood warning as submerged highways and local roads are causing water rescues for stranded residents.
Doug Garfinkel has been a writer for over 30 years, working on a wide variety of websites and publications. He currently works as a High School teacher in Great Neck, NY, while continuing to write.