Hurricane Lane is the biggest weather threat to Hawaii in decades

  • Hurricane Lane is the biggest weather threat to Hawaii in decades

Hurricane Lane is the biggest weather threat to Hawaii in decades

"You do not need a direct strike to have major impacts from a hurricane this strong", said Steve Goldstein, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington. All who are on the island (and who are essentially trapped there) have been cautioned to gather two weeks of supplies, including water and food. 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.

Jimeno said Governor David Ige has issued an emergency proclamation for the entire state to mobilize emergency agencies ahead of the hurricane, which has been described as the most unsafe weather phenomenon to hit Hawaii in 25 years.

Over 8 inches of rain were reported Wednesday on the Big Island, the National Weather Service office in Honolulu said. It is then predicted to move directly toward Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.

Residents in Hawaii are bracing for Hurricane Lane, which weakened slightly as it crossed the Pacific Ocean but remains a category four storm, according to the US Central Pacific Hurricane Centre.

Hurricane Lane - which was downgraded this week to a category 4 hurricane - is expected to hit Hawaii on Thursday, bringing with it winds exceeding 100 miles per hour, according to the Associated Press.

State Governor David Ige said Big Island, already battered by the destructive force of the Kilaeau volcano, is already starting to feel Lane's first effects.

More than 20 inches of rain is expected in some locations forecasters said.

The storm was expected to turn to the north later Thursday and into Friday, with little change expected in forward speed.

As of early Thursday, Lane was centered about 205 miles (330 km) south-southwest of Kailua-Kona, a town on the west coast of the Big Island, the NWS said. Hawaii rarely gets hit. But that's what just happened in Hawaii. "We're planning for the worst", he said, "and hoping for the best". Others have come close in recent years. U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii were instructed to leave port, a common practice when a hurricane approaches to avoid damage.