Hawaii braces for inches of rainfall from Hurricane Lane
Adam Housley reports from Maui on the terms and conditions and the storm preparations.
Heavy rains from the outer bands of the Hurricane Lane are pounding Hawaii’s Big Island on Thursday, spawning flash flood warnings and landslides as residents across the state braced for the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since 1992.
The National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory that Lane is still a Category 4 storm with wind speeds of 130 km / h and is located about 305 miles south of Honolulu, traveling west at 7 p.m.
“On the forecast track, the centre of the Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands later today into Friday,” the CPHC said. “Some weakening is forecast during the next day or so, with more significant weakening thereafter. Lane is expected to remain a hurricane as it approaches the islands.”
The location and the forecast track of the Hurricane Lane on Thursday morning.
The storm is dropping heavy rain on the eastern side of the Island, with as much as 8-inches of rain reported so far, according to Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz.
The Hawaii Police Department said Highway 19 is blocked in “multiple areas” due to landslides. “The roads are very dangerous because dirt and water on the roadway,” Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency tweeted.
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“As much as 20 inches of rain is expected on the Big Island,” Klotz said Thursday. “The outer rain bands to spread over all of the other islands on Thursday. Winds will increase for residents as the storm approaches on Thursday, however, strong upper level winds will be a weakening of the storm in general.”
Lane is expected to weaken to a Category 1 storm with winds between 74 and 95 km / h by late afternoon on Friday, but the track is still uncertain. Klotz added that the landing on each island is “still not out of the question.”
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Heavy rain falls on the Big Island of Hawaii since Wednesday.
The hurricane has already triggered flash flood warnings on the Big Island, shutting down roads and causing a number of rivers in the vicinity of Hilo to rise close to the overflowing of their banks.
Mia Carter, who lives in Orchidlands Estates south of Hila, told KHON2 that the rain tires are more severe than what the area normally experiences.
Heavy rain from Hurricane Lane continues to pound East Hawaii. A flash flood warning was extended to the area until 3:45 pm https://t.co/2Gi9qctpCA pic.twitter.com/OnHgVcI6Tu
— khon2 News (@KHONnews) August 23, 2018
“Now the rain bands are very pronounced when they are on,” she told KHON2. “One minute it’s torrential downpour with almost zero visibility and the next it is dry with a clear sky. It is the intensification of the evening.”
Officials opened shelters on the Big Island and on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai on Wednesday, but said the limited shelter space must be a “last resort.” She urged people who or to the use of the Molokai shelter to get there soon because of the concern of the main road, on the south coast of the island was impassable.
This image by NASA on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 shows the Hurricane Lane, as seen from the International Space Station.
On the island of Oahu, which was on a hurricane warning late Wednesday, shelters were planned for Thursday. The officials were also busy with the help of Hawaii’s large homeless population, many of them live in the near of beaches and streams that could overflow.
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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim told KHON2 flash flooding is a major concern, as the Lane is expected to move slowly to the northwest and bring heavy rain to the island.
“When there is rain, there is a clear problems, but surf and surge, because we have a tourist industry here, and people live on the beach, hotels on the beach, we have thousands of people along the coast and this storm has a potential of generating some very large surf and swell,” he told KHON.
The National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center expects the Roadway to move very close about Hawaii from Thursday to Saturday
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has several ships with food, water and supplies in the region ahead of Hurricane Hector, which runs along the along the islands more than a week ago, according to FEMA Administrator Brock Long. President Trump approved an emergency declaration for Hawaii on Thursday, which allows FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.
The U.S. Navy said on Wednesday it was moving its ships and submarines from Hawaii, adding all the ships not currently in maintenance were positioned to respond after the storm, if needed.
The central Pacific gets less hurricanes than the other regions, with only four or five named storms per year.
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 — have hit a Hawaiian island in that period.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Janice Dean and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed