Hawaii Braces As Hurricane Lane Brings Prolonged Torrential Rainfall

By Anna Breuer on 24 August 2018
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Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki, Hawaii

Hawaiians haven’t had it easy in paradise. Starting with an alert about an incoming missile sounded in error in January, the national 24-hour record for rainfall set in April in Kauai, the eruption of the Kilauea volcano that started in May and continued until a week or so ago, it all seems to be a natural segue into a life-threatening hurricane that has started to batter the Hawaiian Islands with heavy rain and punishing winds.

Hurricane force winds are expected to pummel the Big Island Thursday night and for Hurricane Lane to come close to the islands of Oahu, Molokai, and Maui starting Friday. Now a Category 3 cyclone, it brought more than 19” of rain to a northeastern section of the Big Island in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.

“Hurricane Lane is still a dangerous and powerful storm,” said Governor David Ige in a statement on Thursday.

At 3 a.m. HST on Friday, the hurricane was 200 miles (321 kilometers) south of Honolulu according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

The hurricane’s center “will move over, or dangerously close” to parts of several islands including Oahu, Maui, and Lanai late Friday, the Hurricane Center said.

In anticipation of the storm making landfall, Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency on Wednesday. All schools remain closed until further notice and shoppers emptied store shelves as bottles of water, generators, toilet paper, flashlights, and candles flew off the shelves.

Multiple airlines including American, Delta, and Hawaiian have issued travel waivers that will allow passengers to postpone or reschedule flights to or from Hawaii in the coming days.

The last time a major hurricane made landfall in Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki in September of 1992. It was classified as a Category 4 storm.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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