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

Hawaii Hurricane Lane evacuation

Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm in the central Pacific Ocean with 150 miles per hour (241 km/h) winds, is now lashing Hawaii with rain and tropical-storm-force winds from its outer bands as it approaches the state, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Now a category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour, meteorologists predict Hurricane Lane could possibly be the worst storm to hit the fiftieth state in decades.

On the Big Island, where a hurricane warning was earlier issued by the NWS, more than 12in (30cm) of rain fell on Thursday.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige advised residents Wednesday to prepare at least two weeks worth of supplies.

As emergency shelters opened, rain began to pour and cellphone alerts went out, the approaching hurricane started to feel real for Hawaii residents.

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Torrential rain is lashing Hawaii as Hurricane Lane barrels towards the archipelago, threatening to be the first hurricane to make landfall there since 1992.

The US navy was moving ships and submarines out of Hawaii. In the western half of that ocean they are called typhoons instead of hurricanes and tend to be bigger and badder than the storms that plague the Americas.

Gavin Shigesato, a weather service meteorologist from Honolulu, said: "Even though the eye is south of the Big Island, we are seeing excessive rainfall already affecting the islands".

Loren, right, and Ruby Aquino, of Honolulu, load water into their auto ahead of Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Honolulu. Storms with a chance of hitting the islands typically form in the warm waters off the coast of Mexico are blown west by the prevailing winds.

There are few to no options where those who are still in Hawaii can evacuate to where they can avoid Hurricane Lane's path.

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Norwegian Cruise Line modified Pride of America's current itinerary to stay clear of Lane, a major hurricane that is forecast to track dangerously close to the Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. "We have about nine cases of water because we're having family stay with us as well, so one case per person".

At a news conference with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday morning, government officials, the Red Cross and military leaders assured the public that they were prepared for swift-water rescues, to shelter residents and for potential repairs to the electrical grid.

He said he wasn't taking any chances, having lived through severe flooding on Kauai's North Shore in April and through Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration for the Hawaiian Islands, which are bracing for a possible direct hit from Hurricane Lane.

Smith is not getting worked up over the coming storm. The agency says the storm has weakened to a Category 3 but can still cause major damage.

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Meanwhile, several people who reached their houses found it hard to control their tears seeing their dwelling in total disarray. Kollam, however, will continue to receive heavy rainfall today, but will see the intensity reducing from Monday.

"It's not just providing food and water".

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