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Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm near Hawaii, but more damage is expected

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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 weakened to a Tropical Storm Lane on sat night, strong wind gusty” that brought torrential rains to the Hawaiian islands began to lose power, officials said.

According to an 11 a.m. ET update from the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC), winds hit 85 mph in just two hours earlier had fallen to 70 mph, the update said.

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Hurricane Lane and Hawaii: What to know

Rain tires were still expected there to be more floods and other damage to the islands. The storm was about 150 miles south-southwest of Honolulu, the update said.

As it appraoched Hawaii, the storm residents forced to flee flooded homes, while others jumped off the seawalls with boogie boards in the choppy ocean.

HURRICANE LANE THREATENS HAWAII: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE RARE STORM PATH

The storm has churned up big waves, which were expected to create “high and potentially damaging surf along exposed southern coasts today through Saturday,” the CPHC said.

The outer bands of the hurricane dumped as much as 3 feet of rain in 48 hours on the mostly rural Big Island.

Floods seen on Thursday near Hilo, Hawaii.

(Jessica Henricks, via AP)

The city of Hilo, with a population of 43,000 and is located on the Big Island was flooded with waist-high water.

Margaret Collins, 69, woke up Thursday evening to the sound of moving water in its Hilo backyard.

“So I got up from bed and looked out my bedroom window and saw the water 3 feet high gushing through my window,” she said. “And then I realized that I was standing in the 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.

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

“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 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.

As floods hit the Big Island, brush fires broke out in areas of Maui and Oahu sensitive to fire.

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

Some residents in a shelter on Maui had to flee when a fire got to close and another forced people from their homes. A woman received burns to her hands and legs and was flown to Honolulu, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. Her condition was not clear.

No words can explain #speechless #hurricanelane

A post shared by G A L I (@joshhgalinato) on Aug 24, 2018 at 6:31am PDT

HURRICANE LANE: AIRLINES CANCEL, WAIVE CHANGE FEES

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

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.

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.

“Do you have a plan,” the company said. “We will do our best to restore power when it is safe to do this.”

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

As the storm neared the islands of hawaii, several large airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines, United and Delta cancelled travel and waived flight change fees.

Fox News’ Amy Place, Janine Puhak and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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