Hawaii braces for worst of the Hurricane Lane
Category two hurricane batters of the Hawaiian Islands with high winds and heavy rain, causing mudslides and flooding; Adam Housley reports.
Hurricane Lane, a Category 1 hurricane, continued its march toward the Hawaiian islands on Friday, bringing strong, gusty wind and the heavy rain that already saturated parts of the Big Island, officials said.
Oahu and Maui County were under a hurricane warning, according to an 8 p.m. and update of the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC), while a tropical storm warning and a tropical storm watch was in effect for Hawaii County and Kauai County, respectively.
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As Lane moved north-northeast at 2 miles per hour on Friday, it is expected to move west on Saturday, the CPHC said. Lane, located about 120 km south of Honolulu and has a maximum sustained winds of 85 km / h, although the “rapid weakening is expected during the next 48 hours.”
“The centre of the Lane remains dangerously close to the center of the Hawaiian islands today and tonight,” an update on Friday warned.
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The storm has churned up big waves, which are expected to create “high and potentially damaging surf along exposed southern coasts today through Saturday,” the CPHC said.
s of the windward side of the Big Island have already seen more than 30 mm of rain.
Floods seen on Thursday near Hilo, Hawaii.
(Jessica Henricks, via AP)
The city of Hilo, located on the Big Island was flooded with waist-high water. The National Guard and firefighters rescued six people and a dog from a flooded house. Five tourists from California were rescued from another home.
“There is so much rain, the drainage is already saturated,” Hawaii County Director Wants, Okabe said, according to The Associated Press. “We are just letting nature take its course, to get the water to the ocean and respond to any rescues.”
A brown water advisory is in fact, as a result of Hurricane #Lane. Not all coastal areas may be affected by the drain, but if the water is brown of color remain. Find the latest information about the opinions and health risks & sign up for alerts on https://t.co/jwIxSnu4W2 #hurricanelane #hiwx pic.twitter.com/nV5Qyhvk4v
— HI Dept of Health (@HIgov_Health) August 24, 2018
A cheap brown water advisory was also issued in the middle of the storm, according to the hawai’i State Department of Health.
“Not all the coastal areas can be affected by the drain, but if the water is brown of color remain,” the department warned in a tweet.
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I spoke with Governor David Ige of Hawaii today to express our full support for the people of Hawaii as the State is affected by #HurricaneLane. The Federal Government is fully committed to helping the people of Hawaii. pic.twitter.com/P35yAAovIk
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2018
President Trump on Friday tweeted that he had spoken with Hawaii Gov. David Ige “for us full support for the people of Hawaii as the State is affected by #HurricaneLane.”
“The Federal Government isi fully committed to helping the people of Hawaii,” he continued.
Here is a photo taken today, Aug. 24, in which a number of the damage in Olinda due to the impact of #HurricaneLane passing near the Hawaiian Islands. From 8 a.m. today, the hurricane is a Category 2 system. We are still in expectation of a major influence on the storm going through the weekend. pic.twitter.com/AKFRo4S4in
— Maui Electric (@MauiElectric) August 24, 2018
On the island of Oahu, gusts rattled windows and roofs in Honolulu, on a hill in the neighborhood of Nuuanu and spread the branches of a tree, the leaves of the palm and at least a downed electrical line across the roads.
Nearly 16,000 homes and businesses on the islands lost electrical power as the outer edges of the hurricane battered the islands, but the service was restored a portion of them, Hawaiian Electric spokesman Peter Rosegg said.
Officials of Hawaiian Electric also warned the residents against the closer than 30 metres to the fallen power lines and said power failure will “probably” happen as a result of the hurricane.
We may experience heavy rain and damaging winds as a result of Hurricane Lane. If you have a downed power line, keep at least 30 metres away, it is perhaps not endorsed.
— Hawaiian Electric (@HwnElectric) August 24, 2018
Due to the size of the hurricane, there will likely be power outages. Please have a plan for. We will do our best to restore power when it is safe to do so.
— Hawaiian Electric (@HwnElectric) August 24, 2018
“Do you have a plan,” the company said. “We will do our best to restore power when it is safe to do this.”
As the storm approaches the islands of hawaii, several large airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines, United and Delta have cancelled travel and waived flight change fees.
Fox News’ Janine Puhak and The Associated Press contributed to this report.