While hurricane-strength winds and rains can cause devastating damage, said Elder Paul Crookston at a hurricane preparedness meeting hosted by BYU-Hawaii Security on May 10, the greatest damage and loss of life comes from ocean storm surge.
“Tidal surge is the deadliest part of a hurricane statistically,” Crookston told a group of more than 50 people at the Heber J. Grant Building. “It pushes debris on land, and they become battering rams” crushing everything is in its path. “Nine out of 10 deaths come from storm surge,” he added. Crookston is an engineer but said he has worked over the years on U.S. and state emergency and disaster teams.
With hurricane season in Hawaii starting on June 1, the meeting was held to help people prepare themselves and also to help the community, the different entities in Laie, and the City and County of Honolulu work together when a disaster strikes.
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