Hurricane Lane brings rain, rain ... and more rain

Tonya Becker
August 24, 2018

Tropical-storm-force winds - 39-73 miles per hour - and rain could be seen on portions of the Big Island and Maui County on Thursday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

He says the more stationary hurricane increases the threat of flash floods and landslides because of prolonged, increased rainfall.

Torrential downpours from Hurricane Lane are soaking Hawaii's Big Island as the storm approaches the island.

Governor David Ige urged residents to prepare for the worst by setting aside a 14-day supply of water, food and medicines in the event of major damage to roads and infrastructure.

As of Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Lane was a category 4 storm, with sustained winds of about 130 miles per hour.

Buses around Honolulu have been picking up residents in need and taking them to shelters. All public schools have been canceled until further notice, and many state employees have been asked to stay home.

Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe says the campers called to report they were trapped Wednesday in Waipio Valley on the Big Island's northern coast.

A look at the cone representing the possible tracks Hurricane Lane could take as it approaches Hawaii.

The National Weather Service warned that some areas could see up to 30 inches (76 centimetres) before the system passes. It appears that the storm will not directly hit the island, but run directly parallel to it.

"NOAA Buoy 51002 located about 250 miles southwest of the Big Island reported a peak wind of 107 mph (172 km/h) as the northwest eyewall of Lane passed over", forecasters reported.

Federal officials have been working with Hawaiian utility managers to keep a close eye on the power grid, a major vulnerability in Puerto Rico a year ago when it was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm.

There are only a few storms in the Central Pacific.

The Consul General also said that his office will remain open to serve Filipinos in Hawaii but will make an announcement if it has to be closed.

Since there is not much lava reaching the ocean anymore, the hurricane shouldn't have too much of an impact on the volcano region, according to Denison University Geophysicist Erik Klemetti.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for Hawaii and ordered federal authorities to help supplement state and local responses, the White House said on Thursday.

The exact path of the storm is still uncertain, according to CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri. This sideswipe, however, from the hurricane is expected to bring about 15-20 inches of rain, which could contribute to catastrophic flooding and mudslides. Because Lane is moving so slowly and will touch each island ー and given the terrain ー Hawaiians should be prepared for a "potential flooding disaster", hurricane expert Dr. Rick Knabb tweeted on Thursday. "The heavy rains will lead to landslides and hazardous travel!"

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