HONOLULU – The Last Tropical Storm Lane (all times are local):
Federal officials say Hawaii residents not to let their guard down now that the once-powerful hurricane that threatened the island state has become a tropical storm.
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator, said that although Lane is no longer a hurricane, tropical storms can still be very dangerous.
Brock Long said during a briefing that “Hawaii is not in the clear of Tropical Storm Lane at this point.”
Long says heavy rainfall is the biggest threat to Hawaii during the next 48 hours.
Lane returned to the island chain early this week as the most powerful type of hurricane measured: a Category 5. But the upper level winds ripped the storm apart and, by late Friday, the National Weather Service was downgraded Lane to a tropical storm.
6 p.m. Friday
A powerful hurricane that threatened Hawaii for a week has weakened and is now a tropical storm.
But meteorologists are warning of heavy rain could still hit the islands with flooding and landslides.
Lane dumped almost 3 feet of rain on parts of the Big Island of Hawaii in the past two days, causing the residents to flee their flooded homes in the waist-high water.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Friday that people need to be vigilant and not let their guard down. But he says that the good news is Lane got weak and fell apart.
The upper level winds known as the shear quickly tore Lane addition south of Honolulu.
The National Weather Service says Lane has a maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km / h), because it moves slowly westward.