Hurricane Lane: Big Island feeling the effects

Hurricane Lane: Big Island feeling the effects

Hurricane Lane: Big Island feeling the effects

A hurricane watch is in effect for Kauai County.

Lane's center was expected to sweep very close or over Hawaii's main islands later Thursday or Friday, the NOAA said.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the centre said. CNN reports that Lane, which could be the biggest storm to make landfall on Hawaii in 26 years, is only lumbering forth at 7mph, which (as NOAA points out in the below clip) could place Hawaii at risk for prolonged downpours. It's expected to get dangerously close to the islands Thursday and lash the area until Saturday, forecasters said.

At 11 p.m. Wednesday, the Category 4 hurricane was slowly churning northward at 7 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. Hurricane Lane, which previously reached Category 5 status earlier this week, is slowly barrelling toward the Aloha State as a Category 4 storm.

Governor Ige said: "I urge our residents and visitors to take this threat seriously and prepare for a significant impact".

Residents were stocking up on water, food and emergency supplies as Lane was tracking some 370 kilometres southwest of Kailua-Kona, a town on the west coast of the Big Island on August 22, 2018.

Thunderstorms associated with the storm are producing heavy rainfall and flash flooding on the Big Island.

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Emergency hurricane shelters are being prepared on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai and island officials said they would open more where needed.

He also announced that all public schools, University of Hawaii campuses and non-essential government offices on the islands of Oahu and Kauai would be closed for at least two days starting on Thursday.

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. The last major storm to hit was Iniki in 1992.

Cars waited in long lines at gasoline stations in Honolulu and people could be seen pulling small boats from the water ahead of Lane's expected storm surge.

Thao Nguyen, 35, who works at a clothes shop in Honolulu, said: "I went to Safeway last night for regular groceries, everyone was in a panic". Stores are packed with people shopping for supplies in case of power outages or worse.

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