Hawaii Governor Reveals Fire Tornados with '1,000-Degree' Intensity Swept Through Maui Without Sirens or Alarms
The Governor of Hawaii discloses that fire tornados of extreme intensity, reaching temperatures of '1,000 degrees,' wreaked havoc across Maui, catching residents unprepared as no warning sirens or alarms were activated.
Hawaii's Governor, Josh Green, has revealed the harrowing account of fire tornados with temperatures soaring to '1,000 degrees' that ripped through Maui's buildings, catching everyone off guard as no sirens or alarms sounded.
These devastating blazes on Maui's islands have now etched themselves as the deadliest wildfires in modern U.S. history, leaving 93 individuals dead and numerous others injured. Green has termed this phenomenon a 'fire hurricane,' driven by 80mph winds and scorching temperatures reaching '1,000 degrees.'
Remarkably, neither Maui nor the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) activated any warning sirens during this wildfire event. According to HI-EMA, the siren system in Maui is primarily intended to provide information rather than signal an evacuation.
Green explained to MSNBC that the fire cyclones were triggered by the aftermath of Hurricane Dora, causing the rapid spread of flames through the area. Describing the affected regions as resembling a 'war zone,' he emphasized, "Lahaina was completely incinerated. The fire, propelled by 80 mph gusts, moved at an astonishing rate of around 60 mph through the community. This is a glimpse of what a fire hurricane looks like in the era of global warming."
Local residents seeking information were left reliant on alerts sent to their mobile devices during the inferno. One resident, Lisa Panis, conveyed her frustration to NBC News, stating, "We received no warning whatsoever – no siren, no alarms, nothing."
Dramatic footage captured individuals jumping into the Pacific Ocean to escape the encroaching flames as wildfires engulfed the island last week. In Lahaina, people struggled amidst choppy waters, battling embers and thick smoke.
Tragically, firefighters dispatched to combat the Maui wildfire faced a dire situation as the hydrants ran dry. This forced the crews into a perilous rescue operation. The fire crews encountered weak water pressure, causing the streams to dissipate into mist. As the inferno and hurricane bore down on the historic center of the town, the hydrants faltered and became ineffective.