Miami Valley residents in Hawaii brace for storms

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Vacation season is in full swing and one hot spot is right at the eye of the storm.

Thursday, people across Hawaii are preparing for two back-to-back hurricanes.

Beairshelle Edmé spoke with Dayton area residents in Hawaii, as Hurricane Iselle prepares to hit shore in the Aloha State.

The army wives, Kirstie McKiddy and Tonya Jackson, stationed there with their families, both said they were respectively preparing for the worst, as two hurricanes head their way.

The morning breeze Thursday was described by some locals as a typical, beautiful day on paradise.

But those, like Jackson and McKiddy, in Hawaii know a storm is coming.

Signs cautioning for shelter and noting rain dates for events were posted throughout the various islands.

Edmé video-chatted with McKiddy, a Vandalia native who currently resides on Hawaii’s Wheeler Army Airfield Base.

The one-year resident of Hawaii said everyone, from neighbors to meteorologists, have urged people to be prepared.

“It’s really scary ’cause they’re telling us, we could go without power for a week and other people are saying that they’ve been through this before and it’s been two weeks before they’ve gotten power, so they’ve told us to fill up our bathtubs with water and it’s just crazy so it’s scary, but I feel prepared as much as we can be,” said the mother of young toddlers.

Preparation is also proving to be hard for some who can’t find any supplies.

Tonya Jackson, of Dayton, is in Oahu where her husband is stationed.

She told 2 NEWS her family can depend on the base for aid, but Jackson said not all locals will have such a resource.

When Jackson’s husband left the base for a grocery store, he was shocked at what he found.

“When he walked in there was six cases of water and he thought ‘oh I’ll go over and grab some other things, some batteries and what not’ and they walked past and there was one left and by then someone already went over and grabbed. So I think, it’s just really panic a lot right now,” said the mom who just awoke to two active 3-year-old boys, her son and her nephew.

Despite their fears, both women said officials in Hawaii have made locals, tourists and those on army bases feel secure.

Now they said they’ll wait to see what Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio bring ashore.

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