Flooding, landslides as Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii

Clark Diaz
August 25, 2018

The state's Emergency Management Agency head, Tom Travis, said at a news conference this week that the state does "not have enough shelters for everyone". Forecasters say it will move close to or over portions of Hawaii's main islands late Friday. As much as 40 inches of rain could fall on some locations, according to the National Weather Service.

"We're telling everybody to take the storm seriously, make your final preparations, and be prepared to ride out what is going to be a prolonged rain event", said Andrew Pereira, communications director for the city and county of the state capital, Honolulu. More of the same is anticipated on the rest of the islands into the weekend.

Regardless of the hurricane track, life-threatening impacts will extend far beyond the center position as Lane approaches the islands.

At 8 a.m., the center of the hurricane was about 170 miles (274 kilometers) south of Honolulu and spinning north at 2 mph.

One of the biggest lessons, he added, is that the ability to communicate is critical, and that the federal government must work with private-sector partners to restore communications while also concentrating on restoring food and water supplies. Police reportedly later told swimmers to get out of the water.

Some were going for plywood to board their windows and for generators.

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Residents prepare sandbags for the approaching storm.

Ige said officials were expecting some roads to flood and residents should refrain from driving.

"We chose to stay open because there have been times in the past when we've closed too early because of a storm that never hit hard", he said.

Hurricane Lane, a Category 3 storm with winds reaching up to 130 miles per hour that is now headed wreaking havoc in Hawaii, is also causing major problems for travelers. In the western half of that ocean they are called typhoons instead of hurricanes and tend to be bigger and badder than the storms that plague the Americas.

Hawaii Islands include Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii, which is often referred to as the Big Island.

The risky Category 3 hurricane is heading north with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

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American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines issued travel advisories to customers flying to or from Hawaii.

A National Weather Service meteorologist describes flooding on Hawaii's Big Island as catastrophic, with parts of the island soaked with 35 inches (89 centimeters) of rain in 48 hours.

Regardless of when the turn happens, forecasters say widespread flooding and mudslides will be a real risk, as Lane is a slow moving storm. Some areas could see up to 30 inches (about 80 centimeters) of rain.

The downpours could lead to landslides and flooding. If Lane makes landfall in Hawaii, it will be only the fourth cyclone ever known to hit the island, including Iniki which hit in 1992, Dot which appeared in 1959 and an unnamed storm in 1871. Lane is moving toward the north near 5 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight.

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.

Landslides and flooding caused by the first rainstorm partially blocked several roads on Big Island, according to local media. Luckily for Hawaii, most of those typhoons form in the Pacific and gain strength while moving west, hitting Australia and east Asia, sparing the Aloha State from the megastorms. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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