Hurricane Lane Weakens to Tropical Storm but Flooding Threat Continues

By Paul Riegler on 25 August 2018
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Sunset on Maui

Sunset on Maui

The Hawaiian Islands continued to brace for widespread flooding over the weekend even after Hurricane Lane was downgraded to a tropical storm.

The National Weather Service warned of “life-threatening flash flooding, along with locally strong winds and possible isolated tornadoes” in a statement made at 11:45 p.m. HST on Friday. The archipelago has already seen landslides, floods, fires, and power failures since Lane’s arrival several days ago.

The storm, which continues to weaken, was 130 miles (209 kilometers) south of the Hawaiian Islands at 5 a.m. HST and made what would be its closest approach to Oahu and Maui Friday night, while tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the Big Island, Maui, and Oahu and widespread flooding is likely.

“We dodged a bullet,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell at a televised news conference on Friday, adding that “we’re going to have rain and wind and local flooding – and we need to be vigilant.”

The Big Island, which is experiencing widespread flooding, has seen over 40” (101 centimeters) of rain since Lane’s arrival late last week.

While the state’s airports in Hawaii continue to remain open, there were several hundred flight delays and cancellations on Friday. Hawaiian Airlines cancelled 40 flights and reported 24 delays, while Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu reported 24 cancelled departures and 17 delayed flights.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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