Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Space Station captures images of hurricane approaching Hawaii

Space Station captures images of hurricane approaching Hawaii

The National Weather Service predicted Lane will dump an additional 12 to 18 inches of rain on north and east Hawaii island in the next 24 hours, prompting some gasps from the audience at a morning briefing today at Hawaii County Civil Defense headquarters.

Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, dumping almost 20 inches of rain in almost 24 hours as residents stocked up on supplies and tried to protect their homes ahead of the state's first hurricane since 1992. The road to Hilo was cut off due to landslides, he said. All public schools canceled classes until further notice, and many state employees have been asked to stay home.

Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said Wednesday. (AAP) Dangerous surf is being kicked up off shore as the hurricane hits.

All of the Hawaiian islands are under weather alerts.

Oahu island, which includes the capital Honolulu and most of the state's population, is under a hurricane warning, along with Maui County and Hawaii County. Kauai and Niihau 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. Hurricanes are rare here for a couple of reasons. In this analysis, the data includes only single-family residential properties likely to be impacted by a lower category storm.

The rarity of hurricanes means the islands, unlike Florida which expects the storms every few years, is not hardened against them.

Rapoza said Hurricane Lane's path is comparable to Hurricane Iniki, which devastated Kauai in 1992.

"It's not just providing food and water".

Dave Stewart, owner of Kayak Hanalei, had boarded up the windows on his shop by mid-afternoon and moved the company's rental kayaks to high ground. "Big Island and Maui are in the thick of it now".

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"So now we're in a rush to get super safe, (and) try to get this as secure as possible".

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

Many others are leaving.

United said it has also reduced fares for flights departing out of Hawaii and added two flights out of Honolulu to San Francisco International Airport on Thursday.

David Ige announced that President Donald Trump had approved his request for a federal disaster declaration, freeing up funds and resources to help the state. The agency has downgraded the storm to a Category 3.

Imagine planning a Hawaiian vacation and you are greeted with warnings of a hurricane- that is what happened to at least one couple from eastern Iowa, who says they have begun preparing for the storm. The islands of Kauai and Niihau remained on hurricane watch and could face similar conditions starting Friday morning. Some areas could see up to about 80 centimetres of rain.

Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii's mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state's biggest city braced for the risky storm to come their way.

The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Norwegian Cruise Line modified Pride of America's current itinerary to stay clear of Lane, a major hurricane that is forecast to track dangerously close to the Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

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