Hurricane Lane Is Latest Threat to Hawaii This Year

Cristina Cross
August 24, 2018

The storm is moving closer to the Hawaiian islands with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour and forecasters say it's "on course to pass very close" to the islands or make landfall from Thursday through Friday.

Frank Dias, owner of Scubatech Marine Service prepare a clients 1975 Skipjack Yacht, "Sweet Leilani", out of Kaneohe, Hawaii for the possible impact of Hurricane Lane by doubling the tie downs at the Waikiki Yacht Club at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor in Waikiki on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Honolulu, Hi.

It's not yet clear from forecast maps whether Lane will actually make landfall, meaning that its eye wall crosses over land, in Hawaii.

Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation, freeing up state funds to be devoted to tackling the storm.

The slow-moving hurricane has caused flood concerns and led to major road closures, according to an update from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Around 7 to 12 inches of rain had already fallen on parts of the Big Island by early Thursday, the National Weather Service office in Honolulu said.

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Schools are closed and local government workers have been told to stay home unless they are essential employees. Responsible for destroying almost 1,500 structures and causing about $3 billion in damage, the monster storm left a lasting impact on numerous state's residents - one that remains today.

A hurricane warning was in effect for Oahu, Maui County and Hawaii County.

FEMA says the agency has been talking with grocers to make sure food sources are stocked.

Despite surging carbon dioxide emissions and the Earth's rising temperatures, the link between Hurricane Lane and human-caused global warming is not direct.

"Hurricane Lane is not a well-behaved hurricane", he said in a statement. Hurricane Dot hit the islands in 1959, followed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

Malia Ullin, 49, owns a women's clothing boutique - Hurricane - where on Wednesday evening she was screwing pieces of plywood on top of the store's streetfront windows in the quant town of Makawao on the island of Maui.

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The Category 4 storm may bring 76cms of rain to some areas, making them vulnerable to flash floods and landslides.

President Donald Trump directed FEMA and administration officials to remain in close coordination with the state, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

The US Coast Guard said 57,000 US military personnel already stationed in Hawaii stood ready to launch search and rescue missions, and provide logistics and medical support.

"I don't have a generator, but I figure as things thaw out, if the electricity goes, we'll just get cooking", he said.

Officials warned the limited shelter space should be a "last resort" and that the shelters are not created to withstand winds greater than about 40 miles per hour (64 kph).

While the exact path of Lane remains uncertain, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri says the storm could weaken as it nears the islands.

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