Hurricane Lane: Hawaii's Big Island soaked with foot of rain

24 August, 2018, 04:03 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Three-day forecast track for Hurricane Lane issued 11 a.m. Wednesday

Huge waves have been crashing onto the coast of Big Island, as Hurricane Lane threatens a direct hit on Hawaii.

"On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move over, or dangerously close to portions of the main Hawaiian islands later today through Friday".

Much of the state of Hawaii is now under a hurricane warning, with Category 4 hurricane Lane threatening to make landfall, bringing 10 to 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, reports CBS News.

The storm is reported to have winds up to 145 miles per hour, and Hawaii Governor David Ige is warning residents to prepare themselves with at least 14 days of food and water and to seek shelter, CNN reported.

The storm was in the Pacific about 285 miles south of the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona early Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. Landslides blocked parts of Highway 19, a thoroughfare cutting across the island's northern half, according to the state's civil defense agency.

Dangerous, hurricane-force winds were expected to hit the Big Island overnight and slam Maui Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. All public schools have been canceled until further notice, and many state employees have been asked to stay home. Responsible for destroying almost 1,500 structures and causing about $3 billion in damage, the monster storm left a lasting impact on numerous state's residents - one that remains today.

The Navy pulled ships and submarines out of Pearl Harbor before the Hawaiian Islands started getting pounded by strong gusts and torrential rain.

Officials opened shelters on the Big Island and on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai on Wednesday. To the north, Oahu was under a hurricane warning while Kauai remained on hurricane watch meaning it could face such conditions starting Friday morning.




There are no reports of buildings or homes flooding on the Big Island at this time.

Federal officials said they were prepared to help people on the islands.

The path predicted for Hurricane Lane. Due to Hurricane Lane's weakening projections, the "Extreme" and "Very High Risk" totals are most representative of damage potential.

There is chaos in Hawaii as the islands brace themselves for impact. The last was Hurricane Iniki in 1992, preceded by Hurricane Dot in 1959.

President Donald J. Trump has issued a disaster declaration for Hawaii as residents prepare to deal with Hurricane Lane.

Hawaii island Police Chief Paul Ferreira said police were notified of four people who were trapped in Waimanu and Waipio valleys on the northeast side of the island last night. Hurricane Lane will likely bring life threatening conditions across Hawaii through Saturday with damaging winds, risky surf, coastal storm surge and intense flooding rains. Some are anxious the hurricane's winds could push toxic ash from the volcano back toward the Big Island.

"We can't go in because the roads - there's a river of water down there", Hawaii County managing director Wil Okabe said.

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