Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cyclone Devastates Hawaii

10,000 Hats Blown Off

Kailua-Kona, HI
– The astonishing series of powerful natural disasters continues to terrorize the Pacific; most recently hitting Hawaii.

Early this afternoon, a storm struck Hawaii’s big island, throwing the normally tranquil island into turmoil. Gale force winds swept across the landscape claiming beach umbrellas, windsocks and thousands of innocent hats.

Bill Richards, a Texas native vacationing in Hawaii, was walking along the beach with his family when the unexpected storm hit.

“My father gave me that hat,” explained Richards. “Before I knew it, it was gone. It just flew away.” Richards described a white Stetson which had been in his family for nearly five years.

Richards wasn’t the only one who lost cherished headgear. Thousands of tourists, as well as local residents, reported having hats snatched right off of their heads by the storm. Hawaii’s state government is scrambling to take action and provide aid. There is no word yet as to whether or not the federal government will step in to provide assistance.

Local authorities have reported a death toll of zero, with no injuries.