The center of the hurricane packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour was expected to move close to or over portions of the main islands later Thursday or Friday, bringing risky surf of 20 feet (6 meters) and a storm surge of up to 4 feet (1 meter), forecasters said. Residents on the Big Island saw a major highway shut down due to landslides and a deluge of more than 12 inches of rain left cars stuck in flash floods.
The storm is reported to have winds up to 145 miles per hour, and Hawaii Governor David Ige is warning residents to prepare themselves with at least 14 days of food and water and to seek shelter, CNN reported.
Torrential rain is lashing Hawaii as Hurricane Lane barrels towards the archipelago, threatening to be the first hurricane to make landfall there since 1992. The U.S. Navy has moved most of its fleet out of Pearl Harbor.
"You're stuck here and resources might not get here in time". "I've not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I've seen with this storm".
The table shows the total number of properties at risk for all levels of flood damage-from extreme to very low depending on storm size and path-as well as their accompanying RCV totals for the four most populated Hawaiian Islands that could potentially be affected.
Hurricane Lane image supplied by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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In the state's history, only two storms of this strength have ever come within 350 miles (563 km) of the islands, according to the NWS.
With Lane still churning in the Pacific Ocean some 322km south-southeast of Kailua-Kona, more than 30cm of rain had already fallen on the eastern side of the Big Island, said Kelly Wooten, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County Civil Defence agency.
Central Pacific Hurricane Center graphic.
"People were buying cases of tiny water bottles".
President Donald J. Trump has issued a disaster declaration for Hawaii as residents prepare to deal with Hurricane Lane. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long told reporters. The Category 4 storm caused more than $3 billion in damage and killed six people, with most of the damage done to the island Kauaʻi.
Authorities were bracing for the worst, stocking up on emergency food and water and readying shelters. He's also got a freezer full of fish he's caught on dives and deer he's hunted to last his family through the storm.