Hurricane Lane's Hawaii Strike Reminds Locals of 1992's Iniki

24 August, 2018, 04:07 | Author: Eloise Houston
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Hawaii is bracing for Hurricane Lane as the Category 4 storm approaches the islands Thursday.

As such, this was only the second time in recorded history that a Category 5 hurricane came within 350 miles of the state - the first one being Hurricane John in 1994 - the National Weather Service said.

HONOLULU-Hawaii residents emptied store shelves on August 22, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state.

The storm is reported to have winds up to 145 miles per hour, and Hawaii Governor David Ige is warning residents to prepare themselves with at least 14 days of food and water and to seek shelter, CNN reported.

On the Big Island's northern tip, landslides were blocking parts of Route 19, the county civil defense agency said.

Dangerous, hurricane-force winds were expected to hit the Big Island overnight and slam Maui Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. They urged those needing to use the Molokai shelter to get there soon because of concerns the main highway could become impassable.

Public schools on the islands have been closed for the rest of the week, and local government workers have been told to stay at home unless they are essential employees.

A small group of volunteers from Arizona traveled to Hawaii with the American Red Cross on Wednesday to help residents prepare for and recover from an incoming hurricane.

This is the second hurricane to threaten the Hawaiian Islands in the past month, with Hurricane Hector brushing by just a few weeks ago.

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Oahu and Kauai County - including Kauai and Niihau islands - have a hurricane watch in place.

"It's going to be close, but hope for the best and with luck make sure everybody's ready, and if it doesn't hit us, that's good", Oahu resident Vesega Pili told the station.

Despite surging carbon dioxide emissions and the Earth's rising temperatures, the link between Hurricane Lane and human-caused global warming is not direct.

While the exact path of of Lane remains uncertain, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri says, the storm could weaken as it nears the islands.

Lane is expected to remain a hurricane "as it approaches the islands", according to the agency. As of Wednesday, the Big Island as well as Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe are under a hurricane warning.

President Trump "swiftly approved" it, he said.

Authorities are asking people to seek shelter before it's too late or to stay in their homes if they believe those structures can withstand hurricane winds. Hurricane Lane will likely bring life threatening conditions across Hawaii through Saturday with damaging winds, unsafe surf, coastal storm surge and intense flooding rains. Hurricane Dot hit the islands in 1959, followed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

In hotels, auto rental stands and grocery stores, longtime residents brushed off the warnings, saying "the storm always goes by us", "it's just another day", and "it's the season".

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