'Plan for Worst and Hope for Best': Hawaii Braces for Massive Hurricane

Muriel Hammond
August 24, 2018

Hurricane Lane's outer bands have been pummeling Hawaii's Big Island with torrential rain Thursday morning, triggering landslides and threatening serious flooding as the Category 4 cyclone moves perilously close to the Aloha State.

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Hawaii was Category 4 Iniki, which made landfall on Kauai island on September 11, 1992, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The U.S. has 28 task forces with eight in California and two in the Bay Area, fire officials said.

Penny said the volunteers will be there to provide residents with shelter, food, emergency supplies, health services, "all these things that people need after experiencing something like a hurricane".

A man takes photos of floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on the Big Island on August 23, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii.

Nine military pallets loaded with more than 40,000 pounds of technical search and rescue equipment left with the task force members Wednesday. "And we do that by making sure we're prepared".

There is chaos in Hawaii as the islands brace themselves for impact. The watch indicates hurricane conditions are possible and that winds of at least 39 miles per hour are anticipated in the next two days.

Meteorologist Chevy Chevalier said Lane may drop to a Category 3 by Thursday afternoon but that would still be a major hurricane.

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.

Residents of the Big Island are already rattled by the three-month eruption of Kilauea volcano, which has forced thousands of residents from their homes and engulfed hundreds of structures in lava.

Ige revealed government offices would be closed Thursday and Friday as the storm approaches. Officials said they would open shelters on other islands when needed. It appears that the storm will not directly hit the island, but run directly parallel to it.

Mark Antolin and his son load sand to fill sand bags into his truck as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, US Wednesday. CNN reports that Lane, which could be the biggest storm to make landfall on Hawaii in 26 years, is only lumbering forth at 7mph, which (as NOAA points out in the below clip) could place Hawaii at risk for prolonged downpours. It authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate disaster relief efforts with the state.

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