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Front Row Seats to Hurricane Iselle
updated: Aug 08, 2014, 10:14 AM

By David Powdrell

My wife and I have been in constant contact with Doug, my younger brother living in Hilo, Hawaii, throughout the night to make sure that he and his wife, Patty, are surviving Hurricane Iselle safely. Their condo is right on the ocean. Below is his latest email to me and two photos, a Frigatebird and a palm tree. Evidently, a flock of approximately 50 Frigatebirds have been riding the incredibly strong winds outside his window. He's never seen a Frigatebird in Hawaii before. These birds have a wingspan of up to 7.5 feet and can soar for as long as a week at a time before landing. More on Frigatebirds at wikipedia.org

The winds are currently 65 miles per hour. The surf outside his window is huge...25' plus. He's seen massive waves breaking a mile out to sea on a shelf he never knew existed.

Below is my brother's recent email:

Dave and Val- Everything is REALLY good....No issues here. We're relaxing on the lanai counting our blessings/libations and having SAFE front row seats to a hurricane....E ticket first class......no chance of flooding AT ALL.

Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are battling Iselle....mountains versus atmosphere struggling their forces. As I write, we can feel the mountain breaking up the system of Iselle...she's putting up a good fight, but alas, the forces of land will prevail I perceive. Makani pa'lihi Isella (hurricane Iselle) versus Mauna Loa/Mauna Kea......the power and forces of nature are a wonder to enjoy.

We will go out tomorrow to assist our neighbors, if needed.

Aloha Pumehana (yours truly)


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