Hawaii hit by tropical cylone as Hurricane Lane reaches land today

Posted August 24, 2018

1992's Hurricane Iniki, which killed six people and damaged 14,000 homes is now the Island's most powerful storm on record.

The Category 4 storm continued on its sluggish trek toward the Aloha state Thursday with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. The department is also coordinating with the 375,000-strong Filipino community through the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu. Hurricane Lane briefly reached Category 5 status-the highest-ranking-before weakening slightly to a still-powerful Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour.

Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Hawaii and some people haven't lived through one.

Many social media networks have been filled with prayers and messages of support, strength, and solidarity for those in Hawaii as they await Hurricane Lane's arrival.

All public schools are closed Thursday and Friday as facilities prepare to become emergency shelters.

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.

Honolulu police officers, state officials and outreach workers canvassed various communities to warn Oahu's homeless population about Hurricane Lane and urge them to seek shelter.

Tropical storm force winds stretch over 230 miles, which is greater than the distance from Hilo to Honolulu.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Tom Travis said there's not enough shelter space statewide and advised people who were not in flood zones to stay home.

The Big Island was already starting to see Lane's first effects, Gov. David Ige said at a news conference Wednesday.

President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii on Wednesday ahead of the storm. Producers on both Magnum P.I. and Hawaii Five-0 were said to have been keeping a close eye on the approaching Lane, ultimately choosing to shut down production as "the safety of the cast and crew are the top priority for CBS".

Officials say more than 76cms of rain is possible in some areas, which could mean flooding, unsafe surf of 6m, and a storm surge of up to one metre above normal levels.