The earthquake that hit the Big Island on Monday was only a 5.4, and we didn't feel it this time (unlike those last October! Definitely felt those.) No tsunamis from the earthquake, either, thankfully.
The hurricane, Flossie, has been getting downgraded each day this week... and today I think it's a tropical storm. Lots of wind and weird rain from it, but that's it.
These brush fires, on the other hand, are out of control! They started on Sunday on the windward side of the Wai'anae mountain range... so they're on "my" side of the mountains, but the tradewinds are blowing the other way, so it's really strange to have the fires so close, and yet not be able to even smell it.
I spent some time yesterday, taking pictures of the area. All roads to the North Shore are closed except for one... so traffic is much heavier than normal around here, as well.
This is the view straight down the road out of the housing area that we live in.
Same view, zoomed in closer.
Then I went out at dusk... same from straight out the end of the road.
And again at night. This one doesn't look like much, really, but the height of the flames really was amazing. That is still a good distance away, and the flames looked high.
I had to turn the flash off on the camera, and consequently had to hold REALLY still to get any kind of a non-blurry shot. But the winds were so strong because of the hurricane! This was as steady as it got, last night. I think it kind of looks like a lava flow!
Hopefully they're able to finally put that out soon. Too bad we're not getting MORE rain from Flossie to help. So far 7.8 square miles have burned, and it keeps getting closer and closer to the Army base that C works on. The Star Bulletin says that the fire has spread to the Army property, but that housing isn't in danger yet.
On to the first day of school pictures... 8th grade for E, and 3rd grade for N
A few soccer pics of The Boy... during this game, one of the referees told our coach that N shouldn't play with the mohawk anymore because "it is a safety hazard". !!!!! What the....?? Like, if some kid happened to fall on N's HEAD... they'd get cut and bleed out right there on the field?!? Come onnnnn...
Here is he, making a great save as goalkeeper!
Hawaiian Airlines is running a Hurricane Flossie sale right now... $19 per seat one way to any neighbor island. So for $38 round trip... I'm thinking of planning a quick little family trip to Kauai for next weekend. The travel window they give is pretty darn small, tho! I'm dying to see the other neighbor islands before we leave here!