Arizona volunteers travel to Hawaii to help residents prepare for hurricane

Posted August 24, 2018

A hurricane watch is in effect for Kauai County, meaning hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

Some computer models show Lane could make landfall near Maui, but other computer guidance has Lane moving west, away from Hawaii, which would decrease the storm's overall impact.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the centre said.

The National Weather Service said Lane is expected to make a gradual turn toward the northwest Wednesday, followed by a more northward motion into the islands on Thursday. Forecasters predict the storm's risky center could move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands later Thursday or Friday.

At 11 p.m. Wednesday, the Category 4 hurricane was slowly churning northward at 7 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned in its latest advisory that Lane could produce "excessive rainfall" that would deluge the islands into the weekend, "leading to significant and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides".

It was 235 miles south-southwest of Kailua-Kona and 350 miles south of Honolulu.

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.

He also announced that all public schools, University of Hawaii campuses and non-essential government offices on the islands of Oahu and Kauai would be closed for at least two days starting on Thursday.

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Cars waited in long lines at gasoline stations in Honolulu and people could be seen pulling small boats from the water ahead of Lane's expected storm surge. "Everyone was in a panic", said Thao Nguyen, 35, an employee at a Honolulu branch of Hawaiian shirt retailer Roberta Oaks.

"Drivers and persons on foot are reminded do not cross fast flow water".

US President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Hawaii, releasing disaster funds as powerful Hurricane Lane bears down on the archipelago's Big Island.

The president ordered federal assistance to aid the state and local response efforts to Hurricane Lane, which strengthened as it approached Hawaii.

Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation, freeing up state funds to be devoted to tackling the storm.

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