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Mark Antolin and his son load sand to fill sand bags into his truck as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu Hawaii US Wednesday. Hugh Gentry Reuters

Mark Antolin and his son load sand to fill sand bags into his truck as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu Hawaii US Wednesday. Hugh Gentry Reuters

"Life threatening impacts are likely in some areas as the hurricane makes its closest approach".

Tropical storm force winds stretch over 230 miles, which is greater than the distance from Hilo to Honolulu.

Ige has also urged residents and tourists on the islands to "prepare for a significant impact", and in a press conference on Wednesday said to "be prepared to shelter in place with 14 days of food supplies and water and any other necessities". It could be so devastating that authorities are urging residents to set aside two weeks' worth of food and water.

The U.S. Navy is moving most of its fleet out of Pearl Harbor as Hurricane Lane continues its approach to Hawaii.

The airline is advising all passengers travelling to or from cities affected by Hurricane Lane to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport.

The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 miles per hour (161 kph), making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

Public schools were closed for the rest of the week and local government workers were told to stay home unless they're essential employees.

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Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state.

Over the course of Thursday, "we are looking at measuring a lot of this rainfall actually in feet rather than inches", said Gavin Shigesato, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, on Thursday.

President Trump "swiftly approved" it, he said.

As Hurricane Lane barrels toward the Hawaiian Islands, people there are bracing for the worst.

Another important threat is storm surge.

But its wind bands and slow eight miles an hour movement will bring strong winds, high surf and sustained heavy rains up to 20 inches starting Thursday morning through Saturday Hawaii time, which is six hours behind Eastern. Conditions could trigger a weakening of Lane in the coming days, but it would still be risky because it's likely to remain a Category 1 cyclone.

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