Monster Hurricane Lane unleashes torrential rain on Hawaii

24 August, 2018, 04:07 | Author: Norman Carr
  • International Space Station satellite releases stunning images of Hurricane Lane

It's unclear how close Lane will get to the islands and how much damage it would cause.

Landslides and flooding caused by the first rainstorm partially blocked several roads on Big Island, according to local media.

The path predicted for Hurricane Lane.

Hawaii's inexperience with storms of Lane's caliber will make that preparation more hard. Central Pacific Hurricane Center graphic.

The eastern side of the island picked up almost 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) of rain in three hours, while there was light rain in other areas, Foster said.

"It's just this feeling I get, that there's the potential for it to be really big", she said. Typically, an atmospheric wind pattern shifts the course of any storms heading towards Hawaii, acting like a force field.

An assortment of alerts (Flash Flood Warning, Flash Flood Watch, High Surf Warning) remain in effect for the Big Island.

Pi said Hurricane Lane is expected to drop 15 to 20 inches of rain on Maui and the west side of Hawaii, while Oahu is expected to get 10 to 15 inches rain.

People have been flocking to stores for supplies. They are stocking up on canned foods, ramen, water and toilet paper.

Some were going for plywood to board their windows and for generators. Others have been filing up propane tanks and waiting in lines that circle around the block to get gas for their cars.

"When people experience large disasters where they lose their home, it's an emotional time", Penny said.

Authorities also warned that the shelters are not created to withstand winds greater than about 40 miles per hour (64 kph) and that for most people they should be a "last resort".

And many others are leaving.

As they prepare for Hurricane Lane, they say it's easy to think back to the Category 4 hurricane 26 years ago.

The president issued the declaration on Wednesday.

"Based on the current track of the storm, we made the decision to sortie the Pearl Harbor-based ships", Rear Admiral Brian Fort, who commands the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, said in a statement. Photos and video taken by astronaut Ricky Arnold aboard the International Space Station show that the incredible size and strength of Hurricane Lane can even be seen from orbit.

Governor Ige declared a disaster emergency relief period through August 29 on Tuesday; President Trump declared a state of emergency on Wednesday.

By Thursday afternoon, gusts of up to 130 miles an hour and more than a foot of rain had hit Hilo, on the eastern shore of the Big Island.

For some perspective, the historic flooding in April brought almost 50 inches of rain to Kauai in a 24-hour period.

The Category 4 storm could bring risky surf of 20 feet and a storm surge of up to 4 feet, forecasters said. Excessive rainfall associated with this slow moving hurricane will continue to impact the Hawaiian Islands into the weekend, leading to significant and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides.


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