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Comparing Iniki to Irma on the 25th Anniversary

September 11, 2017, 10:07 AM HST
* Updated September 11, 4:54 PM
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Today marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Iniki slamming into the island of Kauai. Iniki was the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii in modern history and was also the costliest.

On Sunday, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms-ever in the Atlantic made landfall in Florida, here is how the two storms compared.

*Story will be updated as numbers and figures from Irma become available.


Iniki track from National Hurricane Center.

Nearly the entire roof has been blown off this multi-story apartment building during Hurricane Iniki. FEMA News Photo Photo by FEMA News Photo

this image shows downed or damaged trees at the famed “Tree Tunnel” on Kauai, Hawaii after the strong winds of Category 4 Hurricane Iniki. U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Even the roof of this building being used by the Red Cross was not spared damage from Hurricane Iniki. FEMA News Photo Photo by FEMA News Photo

    According to a recent CNN article, more than 6.2 million electric customers are without power in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott’s office said Monday. FEMA chief Brock Long has said some places won’t have electricity for weeks

  • Kauai had power fully restored after three months
  • According to the Red Cross, 14,350 homes on the island were affected with 1,421 destroyed and 5,152 suffering major damage. Wind damage was generally the major contributor, although a number of buildings along the coast that were subject to surf damage suffered nearly total destruction
  • Estimated maximum sustained winds over land were 140 miles per hour with gusts as high as 175 miles per hour, making Iniki the most powerful hurricane to strike the Hawaiian Islands in recent history

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