Hurricane Lane Appears Headed Toward Hawaii

Update: Tropical wave has 60% chance of becoming tropical depression

Update: Tropical wave has 60% chance of becoming tropical depression

Into the evening, forecasts made clear that Hawaii had been spared from the threat of its first direct hit by a major hurricane in a quarter of a century.

The Big Island is still reeling from a three-month eruption of Kilauea volcano, which forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes and engulfed hundreds of structures in lava. All after-school activities statewide are canceled for the rest of the week.

Hurricane Lane spun slowly through the Pacific toward Hawaii on Friday, losing power as it was downgraded to a Category 2 storm but still triggering torrential downpours and catastrophic flooding on the Big Island.

And Hawaii "anticipates the need for immediate access to federal resources for search and rescue, mass care and sheltering commodities, and temporary power generation", he warned.

As Hurricane Lane hurtles toward Hawaii, images captured from space show the full extent of the massive storm.

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday to "provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering" caused by the hurricane. Those in the Hawaiian Islands should keep a vigilant eye on Lane and follow the Central Pacific Hurricane Center for the latest details on the protection of life and property.

He said it may drop to a Category 3 by Thursday afternoon but that would still be a major hurricane.

Pearl Hodgins, a real estate agent on the island of Molokai, says it's been very humid.

Stores along Waikiki's glitzy Kalakaua Avenue stacked sandbags along the bottom of their glass windows to prepare for flash flooding.

Residents likely will have Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare, he added.

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For those on the islands, larger ocean swells will be impacting the beaches before the storm hits.

"(I'm) filling up my bathtub with some water, hoping to board up my main windows in time", a shopper on the Big Island, Shana Bartolome, told CNN affiliate KHON on Tuesday. Hawaii County remains under a hurricane warning, and Oahu under a hurricane watch. He advised those who are not in flood zones to stay home.

The U.S. Navy is moving its ships and submarines out of Hawaii as Hurricane Lane bears down on the state.

Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander of the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, said Wednesday that all ships not now undergoing maintenance are being moved.

Starting Wednesday night it was forecast to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands, the center said.

"We have emergency food in the form of MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) and water that are now on all four counties of the state", he said.

"It's a strong and risky storm- make sure to listen to your community's emergency managers and stay prepared and safe", said Lisa Bucci, a scientist on NOAA's Hurricane Hunter.

The storm was moving westward at 10 miles per hour (16 km/h) and should continue to move west through Tuesday night.

The waters in the central Pacific tend to be warmer as you go further south, with sea surface temperatures near the Hawaiian Islands, especially to the east of the chain, tending to hover in the low-to-mid 20s - a bit on the chilly side to support strong tropical systems.

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