20 years pass since Hurricane Iniki

Published On: Sep 10 2012 12:24:00 PM HST


On Sept. 11, 1992, Hurricane Iniki passed over the island of Kauai with sustained 130 mph winds, 3-to-6-inch rainfall counts, and 30-foot surf, according to the Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones.

This event led to the creation of the Pacific Disaster Center.

Damage from Hurricane Iniki on Sept. 11, 1992.

Six deaths were connected with the storm, according to the National Weather Service.  One woman on Kauai died of a heart attack when a portion of her house fell on her; a man was killed by flying debris when he was out during the storm; two Japanese nationals drowned when their boat was capsized in waters off Kauai; one person died on Oahu when his residence was set on fire by a candle used for light; and a National Guardsman was killed when his truck overturned while trying to avoid live wires during the storm cleanup.

More than one hundred people were injured, some after the storm when the cleanup began.

Iniki was the first Category 3 hurricane to strike Hawaii since Hurricane Iwa in November 1982.  The 111 mph winds destroyed more than 2,300 structures on Kauai and Oahu and killed one person.

Damage Caused By Hurricane Iniki

Damage Caused By Hurricane Iniki

Damage Caused By Hurricane Iniki

However, Iniki struck as a Category 4 hurricane.  It caused $2 billion dollars in damage, according to NOAA.

It was the deadliest hurricane to hit the islands since a preseason tropical cyclone on April 2, 1868, killed nearly 100 people on Molokai.

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