In late November 1957, Hurricane Nina was moving toward the Hawaiian Islands. As it came closer to the Islands, some area's of Hawaii were evacuated. At Barber's Point, 85 planes were flown to Midway Island, to remove them from Nina's path.
By early December, Nina was nearing Hawaii but wasn't going to make a direct hit. The hurricane eye and the worst part of the storm traveled west. The storm was a level 1 hurricane, with 85 mile per hour winds. The outskirts of the storm still hit Oahu, bringing torrential rains and a storm surge.
Bob had to stay on the base until after the storm, so my Mom and us kids had to face the storm together. Fortunately, the storm hit late at night, and basically I just slept through it.
The next morning I awoke and the hurricane was over. However, when I looked down at the floor I discovered it was flooded. There was about a foot of water on the floor, with little critters floating on top of the water. The schools had closed because of the weather, which I was thrilled to hear.
I helped my Mom clean up the mess, but most everything was ruined and needed to be replaced. I decided there was nothing I could do, so I donned my rain boots and sloshed down to the local malt shop, where I was the only customer.