Drenching rain hits Hawaii's Big Island as Hurricane Lane approaches

Drenching rain hits Hawaii's Big Island as Hurricane Lane approaches

Drenching rain hits Hawaii's Big Island as Hurricane Lane approaches

Hawaiians have been urged to buckle down with supplies as the island prepares to be hit by Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 cyclone.

USA weather authorities said Lane had weakened slightly to a Category 4-storm but was still packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles (215 kilometres) per hour, threatening torrential rains, high winds and risky surf. The department is also coordinating with the 375,000-strong Filipino community through the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu.

Hurricane Lane has brought more than a foot of rain to some parts of the Big Island which is under a flash flood warning. The worst one on record was in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai as a Category 4, causing $3.2 billion in damages.

So rare are big storms in Hawaii's vast oceanic neighborhood that the Democrat governor had to admit the state's shelters are only hardened for much less powerful tropical storms (up to 73 mph).

There are only a few storms in the Central Pacific.

In Maui County, damaging tropical storm-force winds could begin late Thursday and unsafe hurricane-force winds Thursday night and early Friday. Producers on both Magnum P.I. and Hawaii Five-0 were said to have been keeping a close eye on the approaching Lane, ultimately choosing to shut down production as "the safety of the cast and crew are the top priority for CBS".

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Loren, right, and Ruby Aquino, of Honolulu, load water into their auto ahead of Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Honolulu. Oahu and Kauai are under a hurricane watch, meaning hurricane conditions are possible and that winds of at least 39 miles per hour are anticipated in the comings days.

"Filling up [the] tank and stuff".

Authorities are asking people to seek shelter before it's too late or to stay in their homes if they believe those structures can withstand hurricane winds.

The president ordered federal assistance to aid the state and local response efforts to Hurricane Lane, which strengthened as it approached Hawaii.

Hurricane Lane, threatening a direct hit as Hawaii's worst storm in a quarter century, churned towards the main island of Oahu on Thursday as schools, government offices and business closed while residents stocked up on supplies and boarded up homes. Hilo received more than 12 inches of rain in the same period of time.

The National Weather Service said Lane is expected to make a gradual turn toward the northwest Wednesday, followed by a more northward motion into the islands on Thursday.

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