Hurricane Lane is the biggest weather threat to Hawaii in decades

24 August, 2018, 03:33 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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AccuWeather reports that Lane has the potential to be the single-costliest hurricane in recorded history of Hawaii and may end up causing the most expensive hurricane damage in all of the country for the 2018 hurricane season.

When it reaches those islands, projected to be Friday afternoon, the hurricane is expected to have weakened to Category 1 or 2, with sustained winds of 74 to 110 miles per hour.

For many Hawaii residents who have lived on the islands for more than two decades, trips to pick up emergency supplies ahead of a hurricane are rare.

Governor David Ige has urged residents to take the threat seriously and prepare for the worst by setting aside a 14-day supply of water, food and medicines.

As Hurricane Lane nears, some parts of the state have already seen more than a foot of rain in the past 24 hours. Almost 20 inches of rain has already fallen on portions of the Big Island.

Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Hawaii and the last major storm to strike the state was almost three decades ago, when Hurricane Iniki barrelled into the island of Kauai, leaving six people dead and causing billions of dollars in damage.

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A hurricane warning was in effect for Oahu, Maui County and Hawaii County.

One key change is making sure that generators are in place so they can immediately provide power to residents and quickly restart the water system, Long told a briefing in Washington.

Hurricane winds (74 miles per hour and higher) could hit the Big Island and Maui County on Thursday.

"(I'm) filling up my bathtub with some water, hoping to board up my main windows in time", a shopper on the Big Island, Shana Bartolome, told CNN affiliate KHON on Tuesday.

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

The torrential rains on the Big Island triggered widespread flooding, including along Hilo's Bayfront.

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Hawaii Police Department listed the following roads as closed: Kamehameha Avenue between Pauahi and Ponahawai, Pauahi Street, Kukila Street, East Kawailani Street from Awapuhi to Nohona Street, Pohaku from 39th to 40th in Orchidland Estates, Bay Front Highway and Laupahoehoe Point Road.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center graphic.

Look at this view from inside Category 4 Hurricane Lane as a NOAA hurricane hunter passes through the middle of the storm called the eye.

The downpours could also lead to landslides.

The storm's exact path isn't certain, although it's expected to make a critical westward turn into the Pacific.

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