Trump declares emergency as hurricane menaces Hawaii

24 August, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Hawaii Hurricane Lane evacuation

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.

Torrential downpours from Hurricane Lane are soaking Hawaii's Big Island as the storm approaches the island.

There were no reports of injuries, but at least 14 roads were closed because of flash floods and landslides in the Pacific island state.

Residents and tourists in Hawaii are frantically buying food and supplies as they prepare for Hurricane Lane to arrive. Officials said they would open shelters on other islands when needed.

UPDATED, 7:10 AM: CBS says Magnum P.I. is shutting down production for today and tomorrow as Hurricane Lane moves in, and Hawaii Five-O is shooting this morning, then shutting down for the rest of the day.

The US navy was moving ships and submarines out of Hawaii. Hurricane Lane has brought more than a foot of rain to some parts of the Big Island already.

"You're stuck here and resources might not get here in time".

Look at this view from inside Category 4 Hurricane Lane as a NOAA hurricane hunter passes through the middle of the storm called the eye.

Federal officials have been working with Hawaiian utility managers to keep a close eye on the power grid, a major vulnerability in Puerto Rico a year ago when it was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm.

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Hawaii governor David Ige, who signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday, echoed the sentiment.

The most powerful storm on record to hit Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki, a Category 4 storm that made landfall on Kauai island on September 11, 1992, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Manila already had purchased water and two cases of Spam the day before, but anxious the stock wouldn't be enough for him and his family.

The hurricane is forecast to skirt close to the south of the Hawaiian islands and continue to weaken, but authorities there say it is still expected to cause significant destruction.

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

Brock Long, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said: "We are extremely concerned about the potentials for inland flooding, landslides occurring and damage to the transportation, communications infrastructure".

He said he wasn't taking any chances, having lived through severe flooding on Kauai's North Shore in April and through Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

A vehicle is stuck partially submerged in floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on the Big Island on Thursday in Hilo, Hawaii. Shoppers jostled with one another to get the last boxes of ramen noodles, Reuters reported.

Residents across the state were stocking up on water, food, gasoline and emergency supplies as Lane drew nearer.

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