HONOLULU – The residents of Hawaii hurried to the stores to stock up on water bottles, ramen, toilet paper, and other supplies as they faced heavy rains, flash floods, and high surf
Tuesday night was the National Weather Service It is well known that Hurricane Lane has become a category 5 hurricane, meaning that it will cause catastrophic damage at wind speeds of 1
Hurricane Lane "is expected to hit dangerously close to the main islands of Hawaii this week as a hurricane, potentially causing heavy storms and life-threatening floods of heavy rains," Central of the weather service Pacific Hurricane Center warned closer to the state.
The storm had shifted westward but is expected to move northwest on Wednesday towards the state. Lane has some uncertainty – whether she is moving north or south, said meteorologist Gavin Shigesato.
"It is far too early to determine with certainty which of the major Hawaiian islands will be directly affected by Lane," the weather service said:
But the hurricane center said the storm is coming Thursday until Saturday is very close to or about the islands move. Even if the center of Lane does not land, the islands could be shrouded in rain and wind.
Public schools on the Big Island and Maui County are closed Wednesday until further notice.
Governor of Hawaii David Ige is giving administrative leave to non-state employees on the Big Island and Maui from Wednesday to Friday as Hurricane approaches Lane. Employees in Hawaii and Maui, who work in disaster relief and in hospitals and prisons, have to report to work, the governor said.
Long-time residents of Hawaii recalled a devastating hurricane in 1992 as they prepared for Hurricane Lane] Kauai resident Mike Miranda was 12 years old when Hurricane Iniki devastated the island 26 years ago. "Many people compare the similarities between Iniki and Lane," he said.
Iniki's objection to the islands was sudden, he recalled.
"I remember how little rain fell, but I remember that the wind was the strongest force of nature I've ever encountered, and probably the scariest sounds I've ever heard in my life," he said.
High voltage pylons were everywhere on the island and its seventh grade classes were kept in army tents for several months.
Miranda said his family is used to preparing for the hurricane season.
"Many people who have moved here and never experienced a hurricane … They are the ones who rush to the store," he said.