Hurricane Lane Poses Unprecedented Threat to Hawaii, Worst in Decades

Arizona volunteers travel to Hawaii to help residents prepare for hurricane

Arizona volunteers travel to Hawaii to help residents prepare for hurricane

McNoldy says there have only been 5 Category 5 hurricanes recorded in the Central Pacific since record keeping began and none of those have gotten near Hawaii.

Hawaii is bracing for Hurricane Lane as the Category 4 storm approaches the islands Thursday.

Tropical storm conditions, with winds of 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. This is a very risky situation.

"This is still hurricane strength".

Hurricane Lane on its way to Hawaii. A slower hurricane increases the threat of flash floods and landslides because of prolonged rainfall.

The latest predictions showed the eye of the storm twisting west of the Big Island on Friday morning before glancing past Maui and several other islands later in the day, on its way to Oahu.

Thunderstorms associated with the storm are producing heavy rainfall and flash flooding on the Big Island.

Landslides partially blocked parts of Highway 19 in Hilo, which runs up the Big Island's northeastern coast.

Tropical-storm-force winds - 39-73 miles per hour - and rain could arrive at the Big Island and Maui County late Wednesday and early Thursday, and at the other islands Thursday or Friday.

CBS says that the safety of the cast and crew are the top priority and that they are "closely monitoring the situation" as the hurricane isn't expected to hit Oahu until Thursday.

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In addition, there were reports of boulders falling into a park in Hilo on the east side of the island, Mr Okabe said.

Lane's centre was expected to sweep very close or over Hawaii's main islands yesterday or today, the NOAA said.

The Big Island reportedly got close to 20 inches of rain in 24 hours. Authorities are telling residents outside of flood zones to shelter in place since the islands do not have enough shelter space for all residents.

Hurricane Lane, which was still offshore, already lashed the Big Island with almost 50 centimetres of rain in almost 24 hours and was moving closer, putting it and Maui "in the thick" of the storm, National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Dye said.

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"The hurricane [category] strength is only windspeed".

Federal officials have been working with Hawaiian utility managers to keep a close eye on the power grid, a major vulnerability in Puerto Rico previous year when it was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm. "And if you start having any sort of strong winds, that will only exacerbate the situation".

"Last couple of days it´s been like this - it´s been busy", said Chris, an employee at a gas station in Haleiwa, on the north shore of Oahu island - the location of the capital Honolulu.

United Airlines cancelled its Friday flights to and from Maui.

Hawaiian Airlines canceled all Friday flights by its commuter carrier, Ohana by Hawaiian.

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