Hurricane season began on Saturday and the National Weather Service ensured the media is prepared to deliver accurate and timely information should an emergency occur.
NWS hosted a media briefing and simulation today at UH Manoa as part of the statewide Makani Pahili exercises.
“The media is ultimately important,” NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Mike Cantin said. “We [NWS] produce our forecast – our watches and warnings, advisories and tell you where the storm is – kind of what to expect from the storm and where it’s going. But most folks get their information from the media so we share [the information] and then like today, work together with the media to make sure that message is getting out.”
NWS predicts a less-than-average storm season for the Central Pacific with 1-3 storms (tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane) until November, however they remind us that all it takes is one to cause major damage.