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Dramatic Photos Capture Hawaiians Grappling With Hurricane Lane

Dramatic Photos Capture Hawaiians Grappling With Hurricane Lane”

Rainfall could reach 30 to 40 inches in certain areas of the Hawaiian Islands, the National Weather Service said, and accumulations more generally of 10 to 20 inches.

Heavy rains are also affecting parts of Maui at this moment, where there are multiple reports of fallen trees have made parts of Hana Highway impassable.

Because people in Hawaii can't evacuate during a hurricane like people in Florida or Texas, they have to make sure they have enough supplies to outlast power outages and other potential emergencies. "It's very unsafe!" Honolulu's mayor pleaded with tourists that they were putting themselves in danger as the storm moved closer.

According to AccuWeather, the storm has had winds of about 120 miles an hour and more than two feet of rain on the Big Island and Maui County. Forecasters believe the storm will turn west - away from the islands - but are uncertain when that will happen.

The biggest threat from the Category 3 hurricane remains life-threatening flash flooding that could lead to landslides or mudslides. "If we need more, we'll have them shipped in". Chevalier said Oahu and Maui will face hurricane or tropical storm conditions later Friday.

While there is much uncertainty about the storm's track, forecasters said Friday it has become more likely Lane will remain offshore, rather than striking the islands head-on. That will be bad news for regions on the windward side of Hawaii's mountains, Eck said, though areas on the leeward side - including Honolulu - may experience somewhat less rain for the same reason.

Five tourists from California were rescued from a flooded vacation home in Hilo on Thursday. So far, about 1,500 people, mostly on Oahu, were in emergency shelters, said Brad Kieserman of the American Red Cross. A Maui County spokesman said it's was not clear if the fire was hurricane related.

"We're getting some bags of rice and, of course, some Spam", she said of the canned lunch meat that's popular in Hawaii.

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".

Lane's powerful winds follow that same path as it sits offshore, he said, only they carry the enormous water content of a tropical system.

Stores along Waikiki's glitzy Kalakaua Avenue stacked sandbags along the bottom of their glass windows to prepare for heavy rain and flash flooding. Officials were also working to help Hawaii's sizeable homeless population, many of whom live near beaches and streams that could flood.

And not all of the shelters that it does have are fit to protect people.

The Trump administration's disaster response came under heavy criticism a year ago after a pair of hurricanes struck Florida and Puerto Rico, leaving millions without power for months on Puerto Rico.

Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico past year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has made changes to how it works, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said at a briefing in Washington, making sure generators are in place so they can provide power to residents and quickly restart the water system.



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