With July upon us, we are now firmly into the 2016 Pacific Hurricane Season. Although the region is entering a La Niña weather phase, which tends to suppress hurricane activity, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center says we could see an average to above average storm season, which would translate to four to seven named tropical cyclones.
While that’s a far cry from the 15 tropical cyclones that formed last year, it still takes just one to drop an enormous amount of rain onto the islands. And that would have a severe impact on our storm drain system.
While it’s always advisable to make sure we keep storm drains clear of debris, trash, and chemicals, it’s especially important at this time of year, when severe storms are capable of inundating the islands in a very short period of time.