Hawaii Prepares for Rainfall ‘in Feet’ as Hurricane Lane Approaches

Hawaii Prepares for Rainfall ‘in Feet’ as Hurricane Lane Approaches

Hawaii Prepares for Rainfall ‘in Feet’ as Hurricane Lane Approaches

"Some people might say, 'Another hurricane, it didn't hit us last time, we don't need to worry, '" he continued.

The National Weather Service warned that some areas could see up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) before the system passes. "Although the official forecast does not explicitly indicate Lane's center making landfall over any of the islands, this could still occur".

As of 8 a.m., the hurricane was 290 miles (466 kilometres) south of Honolulu and moving northwest at 7 mph.

People have been rushing to stores for supplies.

Residents across the state were stocking up on water, food, gasoline and emergency supplies as Lane drew nearer.

Islanders in Hawaii are hunkering down and were told to go to shelters or stay in place with preparations for up to 14 days.

Ige said officials were expecting some roads to flood and residents should refrain from driving.

"We're getting some bags of rice and, of course, some Spam", she said of the canned lunchmeat that's popular in Hawaii.

Fearful Hawaii residents stocked up on water and gasoline on Wednesday as Hurricane Lane bore down on the United States islands with high winds, lashing rains and the potential to trigger "life threatening" flooding and landslides.

The centre of the Category 4 storm was predicted to move close to or over portions of the main islands later Thursday or Friday, bringing risky surf of 20 feet and a storm surge of up to 4 feet, forecasters said. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Big Island as well as Maui County and Oahu, which means hurricane conditions are expected there.

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At this point, Kauai, Honolulu, Maui, and Hawaii counties are under a state of emergency. Kauai and Niihau are under a hurricane watch, meaning hurricane conditions are possible and that winds of at least 39 miles per hour are anticipated in the coming days.

American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines issued travel advisories to customers flying to or from Hawaii.

Tropical-storm-force winds - 39-73 miles per hour - and rain could arrive at the Big Island and Maui County late Wednesday and early Thursday, and at the other islands Thursday or Friday.

U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii were instructed to leave port, a common practice as a hurricane approaches to avoid damage. According to The Washington Post, Hurricane Lane is en route for the island chain, and with it will come strong winds, heavy rain, and precarious surf.

Through Saturday, 10-15 inches of rain are generally expected, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

The downpours could also lead to landslides.

Hawaii has had warnings about hurricanes before, though the last storm with significant damage was Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Originally the storm was a category 5 but recently weakened to a category 4.

It's no surprise the astronauts are keeping an especially close eye on the path of Hurricane Lane.

Many social media networks have been filled with prayers and messages of support, strength, and solidarity for those in Hawaii as they await Hurricane Lane's arrival.

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