Officials: Start preparing now for above-normal hurricane season

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald file photo Flooding from Hurricane Lane caused major damage in August last year in the Piihonua neighborhood in Hilo.

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald file photo Piihonua resident Margaret Collins looks out over flood damage from Hurricane Lane in the Piihonua neighborhood on Aug. 24, 2018, in Hilo.

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald file photo Flooding debris from Hurricane Lane riddles the soccer fields Aug. 28, 2018, at Hilo Bayfront.

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Still Life Books on Furneaux Lane in downtown Hilo was flooded in August last year by rain from Hurricane Lane.

This photo provided by Jessica Henricks shows flooding Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, Wailuku River near Hilo, Hawaii. Hurricane Lane brought torrential rains to Hawaii’s Big Island and Maui before the storm was expected to hit Oahu. A powerful hurricane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides Thursday that blocked roads on the rural Big Island but didn’t scare tourists away from surfing and swimming at popular Honolulu beaches still preparing get pummeled by the erratic storm. (Jessica Henricks via AP)

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today file photo Debris from a landslide on Akoni Pule Highway in North Kohala sits on the side of the road Aug. 24, 2018.

TIM WRIGHT photo/file Hilo’s Bayfront and the entry to Wailoa Center wer flooded in August last year as Hurricane Lane delivered heavy rains, road closures and landslides to the Big Island.

RICKY ARNOLD/NASA photo/file Hurricane Lane is seen Aug. 22, 2018, from the International Space Station.

Forecasters and government officials on Wednesday urged Hawaii residents to prepare now to weather the effects of a tropical cyclone during hurricane season — which starts June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.