Maui and Oahu Brace for Hurricane Lane. Here's What to Expect

Maui and Oahu Brace for Hurricane Lane. Here's What to Expect

Maui and Oahu Brace for Hurricane Lane. Here's What to Expect

Meteorologists have downgraded the system to a Category One storm, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. But officials warned Thursday that the effects of the storm will still create risky conditions across the state for a few more days.

Catastrophic flooding has occurred on Big Island, with experts confirming Big Island has been ravaged by constant torrential rain.

The barreling storm churned toward the main island of Oahu as schools, government offices and business closed while residents stocked up on supplies and boarded up homes. This is a very risky situation.

While it's unclear whether the islands will get a direct hit, the hurricane will bring "significant and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides", the National Weather Service said.

"This is still hurricane strength".

Kayak Hanalei owner Dave Stewart, who has moved all the company's kayaks to high ground and boarded up all windows on his business in advance of Hurricane Lane, points to the high water mark from when the Hanalei River flooded in April 2018, in Hanalei.

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The Big Island began feeling the impact of Hurricane Lane yesterday, as the outer rain bands swept through the island.

On the Big Island's northern tip, landslides were blocking parts of Route 19, the county civil defense agency said.

Hurricane Lane spun in a dangerously unpredictable path Friday as it lumbered toward Hawaii, dumping rain on the mostly rural Big Island and forcing more than 1,000 people to flee to emergency shelters. Though the latest projections showed Lane's center remaining offshore, the most powerful side of the storm will still wash over almost all of Hawaii's main islands, bringing torrential rainfall for more than 24 hours to a million people.

The NWS says wind gusts of 51 miles per hour (82 kph) have been recorded on Oahu, and 49 miles per hour (78 kph) on Maui. A wind gust of 67 miles per hour (107 kph) was recorded at Kohala Ranch on the northern side of the Big Island.

The storm's wind power was expected to weaken into the weekend, but forecasters warned it would remain a hurricane as it approaches the islands, AFP reported.

Flash flooding and mudslides on the Big Island have forced a number of road closures, and Governor David Ige urged residents to avoid any unnecessary travel. Lane is also producing heavy surf across south- and west-facing shorelines.

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

A mix of a storm surge and waves will raise water levels up to 4 feet above normal tides along shores near Lane's center, forecasters said. "And if you start having any sort of strong winds, that will only exacerbate the situation".

Shelters opened on Wednesday on the Big Island and on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Police on loudspeakers told surfers and swimmers to get out of the water, saying the beach would be closed until further notice. Now, one such giant hurricane is closing in on Hawaii.

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

Ohana by Hawaiian Airlines, which operates inter-island flights, canceled some flights on Thursday and all flights on Friday.

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United said it has also reduced fares for flights departing out of Hawaii and added two flights out of Honolulu to San Francisco International Airport on Thursday.

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