Flash flood, landslide warnings issued as Hurricane Lane nears Hawaii

24 August, 2018, 04:04 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Hurricane Lane from space

The different parts and structure of a hurricane. He and others put tape and boards over the business' windows, and lined the exterior with sandbags.

He won't be joining them and instead is staying home with his four children since there's no school.

An assortment of alerts (Flash Flood Warning, Flash Flood Watch, High Surf Warning) remain in effect for the Big Island.

Torrential overnight rains in East Hawaii caused a landslide and flooding that closed an array of roads in Puna and Hilo, but that mess will probably be dwarfed by what lies ahead today and tonight as powerful Hurricane Lane creeps closer to the islands.

Tropical storm and hurricane conditions will occur over the course of the day Thursday on the Big Island and in Maui County, while Oahu will see those conditions Thursday night into Friday.

"We've had a lot of near misses, so some people aren't anxious, but this one is putting me on the edge", said Patrick Manila, one of many shoppers stocking up at a Walmart in Kona on Wednesday night.

"This is a sign of things to come", he forecast.

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Lane near Hawaii on Thursday.

About 7 to 12 inches of rain already had fallen on parts of the Big Island by early Thursday, the National Weather Service office in Honolulu said.

At a news conference Wednesday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell urged residents to take the storm seriously. "We have about nine cases of water because we're having family stay with us as well, so one case per person".

"Hawaii Five-0" and "Magnum P.I." are halting production as Hurricane Lane draws closer to the Big Island.

The rarity of hurricanes means the islands, unlike Florida which expects the storms every few years, is not hardened against them.

Unfortunately for Hawaii, that high-pressure suit of armor has now moved west and has been wimpier than normal for the previous year, letting the hurricanes in.

"The combination of a risky storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along south and west facing shores near the center of Lane", the hurricane center said. This is expected to lead to major, life-threatening flash flooding and landslides over all Hawaiian Islands.

Continuous lines of vehicles find gasoline at the Texaco station on Harding Avenue as they fill up in preparation for the possible impact of Hurricane Lane on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Honolulu, Hi.

How soon and where the storm makes its change will determine how much of the eye gets close to the islands and how much potential damage it will cause.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Tom Travis said there's not enough shelter space statewide and advised those who not in flood zones to stay home.

Residents prepare sandbags for the approaching storm.

Honolulu shelters opened to residents at 10 a.m. Thursday. We have businesses and this and that.

"It's pretty tough to juggle all that", Magno said. "This boutique is my livelihood".

Ullin said she's lived on Maui for 20 years, but this storm is the first one that has her truly anxious. "It's unpredictable, and we just don't know". And higher seas mean more unsafe storm surge.

"We have been just constantly getting cars filling up".

The Category 4 storm is not projected to make a direct hit on the islands, but officials have warned that even a lesser blow could do significant harm.

Kerr reported from Maui and Teague reported from Oahu.

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