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As the Hurricane Lane approaches, the Hawaii governor requests presidential disaster declaration

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Hawaiians brace for Hurricane Lane

The monster storm slowly moving in the direction of the Hawaiian Islands brings fears of flooding, storm surge, mudslides and possible tornadoes.

As the Hurricane Lane approaching Hawaii, the officials and the residents to prepare for the fierce winds and heavy rain that are expected to hit the islands in the Pacific ocean.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said during a press conference Wednesday that he asked for a presidential disaster declaration, “that allows us to preposition state, the need for federal assistance during Hurricane Lane securities.”

Requested Presidential Disaster Declaration – when the storm hits us hard, the state could require the help of the federal government #HurricaneLane #HiGov #Hinews pic.twitter.com/F8Q27htbYx

— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) 22 August 2018

The Category 4 hurricane, is currently located about 400 km south-southeast of Honolulu, is expected to have maximum sustained winds of 150 km / h, and is currently moving west-northwest at 8 km / h, according to an 8 p.m. and update of the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC).

The storm was rather as a Category 5 storm for a drop in wind strength. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Hawaii County and Maui County, in addition to the various islands, the agency said. Oahu and Kauai County is under a hurricane watch.

“A steady weakening of the trend weather forecast for today, but Lane is expected to remain a dangerous hurricane as it approaches the islands,” the CPHC said the Wednesday night update.

s of the state under a hurricane warning should see tropical storm conditions by Thursday morning for the strengthening of the storm level severity later in the day, the CPHC said.

Heavy rain from the storm is expected to be in “the parts of the Hawaiian Islands” by means of the weekend, the update said, that “can lead to widespread flooding and landslides.”

With the potential of wind, rain and flooding on the island of Oahu, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said she, “the use of an abundance of caution as we go forward.”

“We plan for the worst and hope for the best,” he said.

As of Thursday, only emergency employees were expected to report to work, Caldwell said, in a repetition of a tweet from the governor, which permits administrative leave for all “non-essential state employees on Oahu and Kauai.” Ige previously issued the same permit for similar employees on the Big Island and Maui.

#Oahu & #Kauai: Non-essential state employees on Oahu, Kauai granted administrative leave as the #HurricaneLane approaching the islands. Details and Memorandum can be found here https://t.co/e5wXqN1KWP || #HIGov #Lane #HINews

— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) 22 August 2018

Hurricane evacuation shelters are expected to be open Thursday morning, Deputy Director of the Emergency Management Hiro Toiya said during the press conference. There is a very limited space in the shelters, Toiya said, adding that the facilities, in essence, will be “standing room only” will appear and will be filled with very little supplies, so residents need to prepare on their own.

O’ahu Hurricane Lane Evacuation Shelter List for Hurricane #Lane. Please shelter in place if safe and when possible – our shelters are designed as a last resort option for residents and visitors without the safer options to use on your own risk. pic.twitter.com/KQDSmgPiRu

— Kirk Caldwell (@MayorKirkHNL) 22 August 2018

“Most” shelters “are not designed or hardened to withstand winds of more than a tropical storm,” he said, before that they still have “a safer option” for people in potential flood zones or the people who lived in older homes. He also encouraged people to consider the possibility of staying with friends and family.

Among the other preparations announced by the mayor and other officials of the city included the cancellation of the public education system on the island and the close of the regular bus service Thursday evening until after the storm. The public schools were closed on the Big Island and Maui County until further notice.

Hawaii residents having regard to the load of water in their cars ahead of the impending storm.

(AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Residents in Hawaii rushed to the shops to stock up on bottled water, toilet paper and other supplies as they are confronted with the threat of heavy rain, flooding and high waves.

“We plan on boarding up all our doors and windows,” Napua Puaoi of Wailuku, Maui, told The Associated Press after the purchase of 16 pieces of plywood from Home Depot. “As soon as my husband comes home — he has all the power tools.”

Lines formed at gas stations in Honolulu for the arrival of Hurricane Lane.

(Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Lane is the strongest storm to come so close to Hawaii in history, and only six Category 5 storm are located in this part of the Pacific Ocean.

The Aloha State, and situated in a vast ocean, it does not have many brushes with tropical systems. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the database, there is no record of a hurricane track within 65 nautical miles of either Maui or Honolulu because the state.

For Hawaii, the “big one” came in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki struck the island of Kauai as a Category 4 hurricane, causing $3.2 billion in damage and killing six people, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

Iniki is still the costliest and deadliest storm to hit the islands in recorded history, and only two other hurricanes — an unnamed storm in 1871 and Dot in 1959 and have hit a Hawaiian island in that period.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun, Janice Dean and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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