The first hurricane to hit the Hawaiian Islands since Maria made landfall was just another reminder of the severity of the storm.
Hawaii Governor David Ige said that residents in areas with a high probability of flooding are being told to brace for more damage.
The storm brought torrential rain and winds that toppled trees, uprooted trees, caused power outages and forced thousands of people to evacuate.
Ige said people should expect “more than just one or two inches” of rain in some areas.
“The damage is going to be severe and we’re going to see massive flooding,” he said.
In the past week, several more hurricanes have hit the U.S. The most destructive of them was the Category 4 storm named Harvey that slammed into Texas on Sept. 20, causing widespread flooding, devastating the region and killing nearly a half million people.
But Ige says the hurricane’s aftermath is not the only danger.
There is a greater risk that hurricanes will affect Hawaii.
Hilo’s mayor has urged residents to stay indoors and take precautions to protect against the storm and its potential effects.
He said in a Facebook post that he has already ordered his staff to prepare for a Category 5 storm.
He said that if the city’s water infrastructure were hit, “it would be a disaster that could kill people and destroy the city and our economy.”