Storm like Haiyan unlikely in Hawaii

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Nov 08 2013 06:23:00 PM HST

Hawaii's second largest ethnic group is paying close attention to the images coming out of their home country tonight.

HONOLULU -

A storm like Super Typhoon Haiyan is very unlikely in Hawaii, the National Weather Service in Honolulu said on Friday.

"We look for our maximum possibility to be a Category 4 storm. So winds of 195 miles an hour, probably not theoretically possible this far north in the central Pacific," said Mike Cantin, warning-coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

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He said a storm like Hurricane Iniki, with winds of 140 miles per hour, is about as strong as we'll see in the islands. It's more than enough to cause mass destruction, according to Cantin.

But if a storm like Haiyan were to hit Hawaii, Cantin said, "Winds closer to 200 miles per hour sustained with higher gusts, with our terrain funneling some of those, it would be damage like we could almost not possibly imagine to, whether it's a high-rise or a single-family home. It would damage just about everything."

If you're trying to contact loved ones in the Philippines, the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu said to contact its office. For updates, it suggests checking the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council website.

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