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While the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane was weakened into a tropical storm and began to move away from the main islands of Hawaii, the forecasters warned of more rainfall in parts of the state, some 40 in excess
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Four weather stations on the Big Island reported more than 40 centimeters of rain on Saturday. On Friday, Hilo City flooded with hip-deep water in parts of the city on the east side of the Big Island.
In Keaau, south of Hilo, longtime resident of Gary Dalton On Friday evening, an excavator was using a drainage ditch around his parents' house as the water rose. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…=view&id=167.
"I have never seen the flood so bad, I did not expect the water to rise," Dalton told NBC News a telephone interview. "I've been in the area for a long time and I've never seen anything like it."
More than 38 inches of rain was measured at nearby Mountain View, southwest of Keaau, said the National Weather Service
Dalton owns a construction and excavation business with his brother, and recalls that he is in the midst of rising waters had an excavator a block away from his childhood home on a construction site.
"The situation was very scary, there were flashes … I always thought, 'Please do not strike, please do not strike' & # 39 ;," Dalton said.
He brought his wife and children out with a truck, but said "at that time we wade through knee-deep water … we barely made it and it was a point that felt like a life situation."
The damage for the house was minimal, he said, "everywhere is destruction." The rain was easing on Saturday, he said, but "the main street in our area is like a waterway and it is shut down."
Margaret Collins, 69, woke up Thursday night in Hilo's backyard.
"So I got up and looked out of my bedroom window and saw water bubbling past my window 3 feet high," she told the Associated Press. "And then I realized that I was in the water."
"My house is completely flooded with muddy water," Collins said, saying the damage was not covered by insurance. She hopes she can receive government support.
Parts of Highway 11 on the Big Island remained closed on Saturday, after flooding and landslides blocked the streets due to heavy rains and led to the evacuation of about 100 residents north of the city on Thursday, officials and NBC subsidiary KHNL from Honolulu said. Many roads on the island suffered damage by storm, said the county of Hawaii.
In East Hawaii, more than 20 people were rescued overnight from Friday to Saturday, but there were no injuries, Kazuo Todd, head of Hawaii Fire Department battalion, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser
In Maui, workers were trying to supply water for themselves Restoring customers in Haiku after washing out part of a waterline, the district government said. A flash flood clock remained in effect until late Saturday night. The tropical storm is expected to generate heavy rains there by Saturday.
The National Meteorological Service said parts of Maui got just over 18 inches of rain while Haiku got just over 8 inches during the storm. As Hurricane Lane approached, it was a heavy category 4 storm.
The Last Category 5 storm, which even came close to Hawaii, occurred in 1994, when Hurricane John orbited 345 miles south of the islands. The last major hurricane was Iniki, a Category 4 storm that killed six people in September 1992.
No deaths were reported in the current storm. A woman was burned in a bushfire on West Maui, which according to KHNL was fueled by strong winds on Friday.
"We avoided a bullet," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said on Friday night after the Category 1 hurricane was downgraded to Tropical Storm. "It does not mean it's over – we'll have rain and wind and local flooding and we have to be vigilant."
Anna Madrid of Hilo took video footage of floods that blow across the steps of her home. "We evacuated our children and stayed to prevent further damage," but they are all right, she said.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said on Saturday that the Tropical Storm Lane had a maximum steady wind of 50 mph at 11 pm local time Saturday
The center of the storm is scheduled for late Saturday about 150 miles south of Kauai in the western part of the State pass by. Another 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall on Maui and parts of the Big Island and 3 to 5 inches elsewhere, it said.
"Hawaii is not in the clear of Tropical Storm Lane at this point," Federal Emergency Administrative Manager, Brock Long, said Saturday morning:
He said torrential rains would be the biggest threat facing Hawaii in the United States will be exposed for 48 hours.