Forecasters predict below-average Central Pacific hurricane season

2 to 4 tropical systems expected around Hawaii

 UPDATED 6:50 PM HST May 23, 2012
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HONOLULU -

Forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are predicting another season below our normal activity of four to five tropical cyclones.

"The outlook for the 2012 Central Pacific hurricane season is for two to four tropical cyclones, and that includes tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes," said Ray Tanabe, director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

These cyclones can form around Hawaii, like Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Or they can move in from the East Pacific like our last major threat, Hurricane Felicia in 2009.

Since then, the past two seasons have been very quiet, with just one tropical storm in 2010 and 2011.

Still, Tanabe says, "we have to prepare the same way year after year after year. while the outlook is for below-normal activity, any tropical cyclone, just one, that impacts the state, that makes landfall somewhere in the Hawaiian islands, is going to be well above normal for us in the state of Hawaii."

And that's why the State Civil Defense says we should all have a disaster plan and to stay informed with what's going on during the storm, either on television or with a battery-operated radio.

And of course, a disaster kit.

Because of Hawaii's isolation, The American Red Cross recommends a seven-day supply of essentials, like food and water, one gallon per day per person, along with medication, a flashlight, a blanket and important documentation.

"Other items that are essential... is to have some canned food and of course, you need a manual can opener to accompany that. that's easier to use than getting food that needs to be heated, because you never know when you're going to have access to electricity during an emergency," said Maria Lutz, Director of Emergency Services for The American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter.

Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.

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