Hawaii hit by tropical cylone as Hurricane Lane reaches land today
Aug 24, 2018, 03:27
"Regardless of the exact track, life-threatening impacts are likely over many areas as this strong hurricane makes its closest approach", the weather service said.
In Maui County, damaging tropical storm-force winds could begin late Thursday and unsafe hurricane-force winds Thursday night and early Friday.
If Hawaii didn't already have enough on its plate regarding natural disasters, the island is now bracing for a category 4 hurricane.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige advised residents Wednesday to prepare at least two weeks worth of supplies.
The hurricane's outer rain bands have lashed eastern parts of the island with three inches of rain falling in three hours.
Hurricane Lane continues to move northwest and tropical storm conditions were expected to reach the Big Island later Thursday morning with hurricane conditions by nightfall. Officials urged those needing the Molokai shelter to get there soon because of concerns that the main highway on the island's south coast could become impassable. All public schools canceled classes until further notice and many state employees have been asked to stay home.
Tropical storm conditions, with winds of 73 miles per hour (118 kph), were expected to reach the Big Island, Hawaii's easternmost major island, later Thursday morning, with hurricane conditions possible later in the day.
All of the Hawaiian islands are under weather alerts.
Lane is prompting warnings for the Big Island, Maui and Oahu as the US Navy is moving its ships and submarines.
A CBS spokesperson tells CNN that "Hawaii Five-0" and "Magnum P.I." stopped production on Thursday in anticipation of Hurricane Lane.
"That means that readiness is important - readiness to make sure we can fulfil our responsibility and the critical infrastructure lifelines".
Okabe says there are also reports of boulders falling in a Hilo park.
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Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Hawaii and some people haven't lived through one. Even if the center of Lane remains offshore, severe impacts could still be realized as they extend well away from the center.
Thunderstorms associated with the storm are producing heavy rainfall and flash flooding on the Big Island.
Look at this view from inside Category 4 Hurricane Lane as a NOAA hurricane hunter passes through the middle of the storm called the eye.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center says a slow northward motion is expected to begin today, adding that "a turn toward the west is expected Saturday and Sunday, with an increase in forward speed".
Rain is expected to accumulate to 10 to 20 inches and more than 30 inches in certain areas, the NWS said.
The downpours could also lead to landslides.
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The latest track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has just about all the island chain inside the "Cone of Uncertainty ". Sandbags are seen near a stairway at the west end of the Sheraton Waikiki hotel in Honolulu in preparation for Hurricane Lane.
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