Hurricane Darby Path
Hurricane Darby formed on July 11, 2016, as a tropical depression about 1,100 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. The storm quickly strengthened and was upgraded to a tropical storm later that day. As it continued to move westward, it became a hurricane on July 13.
The storm’s path took it through the Pacific ocean, passing south of Hawaii’s Big Island on July 23. It then continued westward before dissipating on July 27.
Hurricane Darby Category
At its strongest, Hurricane Darby was a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. However, the storm weakened slightly as it approached Hawaii, and it was a Category 1 hurricane when it passed south of the Big Island.
Damage by Darby
Although Darby did not make landfall on any of the Hawaiian Islands, it still caused significant damage as it passed through the area. The storm brought heavy rain and strong winds to the islands, causing flash flooding, landslides, and power outages.
The Big Island was hit the hardest by the storm, with some areas receiving up to 15 inches of rain. The heavy rain caused several rivers to overflow their banks, leading to widespread flooding. The flooding damaged homes, businesses, and roads, and forced some residents to evacuate their homes.
The storm also caused power outages across the islands, with thousands of customers losing electricity. Many schools, businesses, and government offices were closed due to the storm.
In total, Hurricane Darby caused an estimated $40 million in damage in Hawaii. Despite the significant damage, there were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries.