WestJet cancels Hawaii flights due to Hurricane Lane
24 August, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Patty Aguilar
Lane's center was expected to sweep very close or over Hawaii's main islands later Thursday or Friday, the NOAAsaid.
"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the service added.
1992's Hurricane Iniki, which killed six people and damaged 14,000 homes is now the Island's most powerful storm on record. It's expected to get dangerously close to the islands Thursday and lash the area until Saturday, forecasters said. Hurricane Lane, which previously reached Category 5 status earlier this week, is slowly barrelling toward the Aloha State as a Category 4 storm.
The state has published a guide on storm preparedness for Hawaiians.
Landslides are a concern, with 10-30 inches of rain forecast through the weekend - and slides already were happening on the Big Island as the storm's outer bands hit Thursday morning.
Packing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour), Lane could dump as much as 20 inches of rain, triggering flash floods and landslides, the National Weather Service said.
Hurricane Lane is bearing down on Hawaii with 130 miles per hour winds and is expected to track very close to the islands Thursday and Friday.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Centre announced on Wednesday evening that a hurricane warning is in effect for Oahu island, as well as Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe.
The shelves of a downtown Honolulu Walmart were stripped of items ranging from canned tuna to dog food as well as bottled water and coolers full of ice after warnings of possible power outages.
The power grid was a major vulnerability in Puerto Rico past year when it was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm.
Locals in Hawaii are stocking up on water and petrol, with long queues reported at petrol stations in the state's capital Honolulu. "Everyone was in a panic", said Thao Nguyen, 35, an employee at a Honolulu branch of Hawaiian shirt retailer Roberta Oaks.
Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation, freeing up state funds to be devoted to tackling the storm.
The US Navy was moving its ships and submarines out of Hawaii.
The governor's office said Wednesday that a presidential disaster declaration was approved for the state, which enables the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take certain actions. A government report on that storm recorded six people dead and more than 100 injured.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. Tropical-storm-force winds could arrive on Wednesday in the Big Island, and in the smaller islands by Thursday or Friday.
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