Hawaii’s Islands Brace for Dangerous Hurricane Lane

Updated Thursday 23 August (US Time) 5:30am.

Hurricane Lane remains a Major Category 4. Outer rain bands are already sweeping over Big Island and Maui early this morning, reports National Weather Service. They’re expected to spread further to O’ahu and Kaua’i later this morning. Authorities warn this hurricane is a dangerous storm. They have called it “life-threatening”. 


Major Category 4. Outer rain bands are already sweeping over Big Island and Maui early this morning, reports National Weather Service. They’re expected to spread further to O’ahu and Kaua’i later this morning. Authorities warn this hurricane is a dangerous storm. They have called it “life-threatening”.

The National Weather Service tonight says that Hurricane Lane, currently tracking at a Category 4 strength, will likely bring life threatening conditions across Hawaii through Saturday with damaging winds, dangerous surf, coastal storm surge and intense flooding rains. Rain bands from Hurricane Lane are tonight sweeping across the Big Island and Maui this evening, reported the Weather Service.

“Expect increasing showers spreading further northwest to the rest of Maui County and Oahu later tonight and to Kauai by Thursday morning. Expect increasing threats for flash flooding as Lane moves northwestward and these heavy rain bands intensify over the islands. ”


State-Wide Press Conference: Hurricane Lane Emergency Preparedness Underway

Schools, universities, zoos, tourism attractions, golf courses will close. Authorities have warned that this hurricane is dangerous and has the capacity to cause a lot of damage and harm.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell earlier this week signed an emergency proclamation which “helps us work with the state of Hawaii and the Governor’s proclamation to make sure that we are prepared and can move quickly if need be and avoid some of the bureaucratic tangles, that we would otherwise be involved in.”

“This storm, this Hurricane Lane, is a dangerous storm and we got to take it very very seriously, ” said Mayor Caldwell. “And we’re all working together at this point so that we make sure that we plan for the worst and hope for the best.”

Mayor Caldwell said O’ahu will activate its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) from 6am, Thursday US Time and will be manned around the clock until Hurricane Lane passes. They are looking to open up shelters earlier for O’ahu’s homeless population who are less mobile.

“We’re going to have a storm that’s moving very slowly…in terms of movement so it’s going to hang over the islands longer, if it continues that way. With strong winds, a lot of rain because it is very a moist storm, and a lot of surf, so we’re going to have flooding in all likelihood. And we want to make sure that those people who live in areas that have flooded (previously), that they take action.”

Hurricane Lane is one of the strongest tropical cyclones (hurricanes) to move into the Hawaiian islands.


ABC News Coverage

 


The latest notice on Latest Notice on USA National Weather Service.

Schools, workplaces and tourism places close on Thursday, US Time, 

 

 

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