Updated: 8/26/2018 6:05:38 AM
Hurricane Lane, now downgraded to a tropical storm, is expected to continue to dump heavy rain in Hawaii on Saturday, as officials warn of flash flooding that could inundate homes and roadways after already pouring more than 3 feet of rain across the island.
On Saturday, the National Weather Service warned of "life threatening" flash flooding and landslides, with the slow-moving powerful storm bearing down south of Honolulu. One estimate predicts that structural damage from Lane could cost the state more than $1 billion in repairs.
Federal Emergency Management officials said about 2,000 people remain in shelters, mostly in Oahu, and Caldwell told residents the shelters will stay open until midday Saturday.
Updated: 8/25/2018 4:04:33 AM
Lane has now been downgraded from a Hurricane to a Tropical Storm, but rain bands will still bring more flooding and damaging winds to part of the state. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effects for O'ahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii County. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Kaua'i and Niihau.
At least seven homes were damaged in a fast-moving Lahaina wildfire fanned by strong winds from Hurricane Lane.
The blaze, which started early Friday, forced authorities to evacuate more than 100 homes.
And as of Friday afternoon — when the fire was just 40 percent contained — more than 1,500 acres had been scorched.
Due to heavy rains, there has been extreme and fast moving runoff on several streets and highways in the South Hilo District. As a result, there is minimal visibility on the roads. Until conditions improve, Hawaii Island officials are asking motorists to stay off the roadways.
Flooding and rising waters have been reported due to Tropical Storm Lane moving across the Central Pacific. It is advised not to attempt to drive through flooded streets.
Updated: 8/24/2018 6:35:50 AM
At 5 p.m. Thursday, Lane had weakened slightly and was 240 miles south of Honolulu, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, making it a Category 3 storm, the National Weather Service said.
But Richard Henning, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the storm was not weakening as much as earlier predictions suggested.
“It will be bad news for Oahu because that will make a turn to the left more unlikely before it gets to Oahu,” Henning said Thursday. “Everyone on Oahu should be prepared to take a direct hit.”
Red Cross volunteers opened 36 evacuation centers across the state, and 825 people had moved in by 6 p.m. as Hurricane Lane headed their way, according to Amy Laurel Hegy, public information officer and local volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Updated: 8/24/2018 4:33:32 AM
Hawaii officials have warned residents that there will not be enough shelter space for everyone during the passage of Hurricane "Lane."
All those who can fortify their homes are asked to do so and stay there. However, residents in flood zones should not stay home during the storm; they should find another place to go.
"We do not have enough shelters for everyone," Tom Travis, head of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency, said. "If you're not in a flood zone, most citizens should remain in their homes. If you are in a flood zone, you should actively seek shelters elsewhere."
According to a report issued earlier this year, there are only 277 376 available shelter spaces in the entire state. Hawaii has 1.4 million residents, not taking into account the tourists visiting the state.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Oahu, Maui County (including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe), and Hawaii County.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
Updated: 8/23/2018 3:29:37 AM
Hurricane Lane barreled toward the Hawaiian islands Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The Big Island and the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe were all under a hurricane warning, meaning hurricane conditions are expected beginning Thursday morning.
The islands of Kauai and Niihau were under a hurricane watch, with hurricane conditions possible beginning Thursday night.
Over a million people in Hawaii are already seeing the first signs of Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 cyclone that could become the first major hurricane to make landfall there in 26 years.
"Be prepared to shelter in place with 14 days of food supplies and water and any other necessities," Hawaii Gov. David Ige said at a press conference Wednesday.
Buses around Honolulu have been picking up residents in need and taking them to shelters. All public schools canceled classes until further notice and many state employees have been asked to stay home.
Lane had previously crossed the Category 5 line. "It's one of only two recorded Category 5 hurricanes to pass within 350 miles of the Big Island's South Point," KGMB reported. "The last: Hurricane John in 1994."
Updated: 8/22/2018 4:10:04 AM
Hurricane Lane is now at Category 5, the National Weather Service said Tuesday, as the storm moved closer to Hawaii.
The NWS says a hurricane warning is now in effect for the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Maui County as well as Oahu island, where Honolulu is located.
The "center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday," the weather service said in its forecast Tuesday night local time.
Residents "rushed to stores to stock up on bottled water, ramen, toilet paper and other supplies" as the storm neared, The Associated Press reports.
The service said hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area, in Hawaii County, on Thursday, while tropical storm conditions would affect the "watch" area starting Thursday.
Flash flooding and landslides are expected, with total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches, while certain areas in Hawaii may be deluged with more than 20 inches of rain. "Large and potentially damaging surf" will affect exposed shorelines facing the west, south and east, the NWS said.
The County of Hawaii's mayor, Harry Kim, declared a state of emergency on the Big Island effective Tuesday morning.
Hurricane Lane is not a well-behaved hurricane," Gov. David Ige said in a statement Tuesday. "I've not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I've seen with this storm. I urge our residents and visitors to take this threat seriously and prepare for a significant impact."
Updated: 8/21/2018 1:36:10 AM
Another hurricane is threatening to impact Hawaii this week, as dangerous Category 3 Hurricane Lane approaches the Central Pacific island chain just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.
This morning Hurricane Lane has reached category 4.
Lane has maximum winds of 201 km/h and is located about 965 km southeast of Hawaii's big island.
There has been a significant jump to the north in the forecast models over the past 24 hours, bringing the Hawaiian Islands squarely into the five-day forecast cone issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.
Hawaii County Civil Defence warned people should make sure “family emergency plans” are ready for if the hurricane strikes the islands.
Hurricane forecasters had believed the storm would track south of the Hawaiian Islands, based on initial projections.
But forecasters have now said that “direct impact” should not be ruled out.
Published Monday, August 20, 2018
The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning this evening for Hawaiian offshore waters beyond 40 nautical miles out to 240 nautical miles.
NWS said there will be significant wave heights and possibility of thunderstorms at sea starting tonight and continuing through the week.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said a large swell generated by Lane is expected to reach the southeast- and east-facing shores of the Big Island and east-facing shores of Maui overnight. The swell may produce large and dangerous surf along these shorelines starting Monday.
Hurricane Lane maintained its Category 3 intensity overnight, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, and is still expected to pass south of the islands this week.
Forecasters said that a “large swell generated by Lane is expected to reach the southeast- and east-facing shores of the Big Island, and possibly east-facing shores of Maui, by this evening,” producing large and dangerous surf by tonight or early Monday.
“Lane is forecast to pass south of the main Hawaiian islands Wednesday and Thursday, potentially causing local impacts as it tracks west-northwestward,” forecasters said. “Interests in those islands should watch the progress of Lane closely, since long-range forecast track and intensity errors can be large.”
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