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Hurricane Lane map

Hurricane Lane map

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Lane near Hawaii on Thursday.

Lane is expected to weaken slowly through Friday, but it still is forecast "to remain a risky hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands", the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center says.

"El Niño conditions give Hawaii their greatest chance of significant hurricanes because of the increased sea surface temperatures", said David Titley, a climate scientist at Penn State University and a retired Navy rear admiral.

People were also struggling to protect their homes from the storm of the century and Big Island's first hurricane since 1992.

The hurricane could dump up to 50 centimetres of rain in places, leading to warnings of flash flooding.

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico previous year, a FEMA report noted that one of its main issues was not having enough generators and other emergency aid on the island before the storm. "But you prepare for the worst-case scenario".

"Hawaii Five-0" and "Magnum P.I." are halting production as Hurricane Lane draws closer to the Big Island. According to The Washington Post, Hurricane Lane is en route for the island chain, and with it will come strong winds, heavy rain, and precarious surf.

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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The Federal Emergency Management Agency moved several barges packed with food, water, generators and other supplies into the region ahead of Hurricane Hector, which skirted past the islands more than a week ago, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said.

Maui County officials warned that those needing to use Molokai's shelter should get there soon because of concerns that high surf could make the main highway on the south coast of the island impassable. Evacuees arrived via school buses and city buses with destination displays that read "EVACUATION".

The tropical cyclone is moving slowly toward the northwest, to the southwest of a mid-level ridge located several hundred miles to the east of Hawaii.

"We have disaster mental health professionals who are going and can provide support for people". "But you build capacity and resiliency in your response, and every incident helps you out for the next one". As of Wednesday, the Big Island as well as Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe are under a hurricane warning.

"Better safe than sorry", said Ullin, as rain and wind began to pelt the idyllic island.

Melanie Davis, who lives in a suburb outside Honolulu, said she was gathering canned food and baby formula.

"When it did happen, I just remember pandemonium".

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