Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for Hurricane Lane

With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for Hurricane Lane

Lane, classified as a powerful Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, was packing sustained winds of up to 145 miles per hour (230 km/h) and could dump as much as 20 inches of rain over parts of the U.S. Pacific island state, triggering flash flooding and landslides, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned.

The National Weather Service said Lane is expected to make a gradual turn toward the northwest Wednesday, followed by a more northward motion into the islands on Thursday.

"We have advised the members of the Filipino Community to prepare emergency kits good for 14 days, as well as heed all the warnings and advise of Hawaii State and Federal government authorities and the specific warnings for their areas", Jimeno said.

With Lane still churning in the Pacific Ocean some 322km south-southeast of Kailua-Kona, more than 30cm of rain had already fallen on the eastern side of the Big Island, said Kelly Wooten, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County Civil Defence agency.

NASA's Ricky Arnold took this photo of Hurricane Lane as it approached Hawaii.

The Navy pulled ships and submarines out of Pearl Harbor before the Hawaiian Islands started getting pounded by strong gusts and torrential rain. To the north, Oahu was under a hurricane warning while Kauai remained on hurricane watch meaning it could face such conditions starting Friday morning.

Two campers were reported trapped overnight in Waipio Valley, along the Big Island's northern coast.

"It's going to be close, but hope for the best and with luck make sure everybody's ready, and if it doesn't hit us, that's good", Oahu resident Vesega Pili told the station.

The forecast for Hurricane Lane has been a challenge for meteorologists. The increased evaporation that results is "fuel for hurricanes and other storms", said Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Authorities also warned that the shelters are not created to withstand winds greater than about 64km/h and that for most people they should be a "last resort".

President Donald J. Trump has issued a disaster declaration for Hawaii as residents prepare to deal with Hurricane Lane.

"I don't have a generator, but I figure as things thaw out, if the electricity goes, we'll just get cooking", he said.

CBS says that the safety of the cast and crew are the top priority and that they have been "closely monitoring the situation" since it was determined the hurricane would hit the island on Thursday afternoon. Hurricane Lane has brought more than a foot of rain to some parts of the Big Island already.

Three inches of rain fell in three hours on the Big Island on Wednesday.

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

"Hawaii is in danger of being significantly impacted by Hurricane Lane, whether or not the hurricane directly hits the state", according to an emergency proclamation Gov. David Ige signed Wednesday pledging state aid for the expected damages.

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