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The once mighty Hawaii hurricane downgraded to tropical storm

HONOLULU – 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.

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