Much of the state of Hawaii is now under a hurricane warning, with Category 4 hurricane Lane threatening to make landfall, bringing 10 to 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, reports CBS News.
"The combination of a unsafe storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along south and west facing shores near the center of Lane", the hurricane center said. That storm's slow pace is resulting in flash flooding on the Big Island, where more than a foot of rain has already fallen and as much as 30 inches could be dumped by the time the storm passes.
The storm is reported to have winds up to 145 miles per hour, and Hawaii Governor David Ige is warning residents to prepare themselves with at least 14 days of food and water and to seek shelter, CNN reported.
For many Hawaii residents who have lived on the islands for more than two decades, trips to pick up emergency supplies ahead of a hurricane are rare.
Hurricane Lane on its way to Hawaii.
"We're getting some bags of rice and of course, some Spam", she said of the canned lunch meat that's popular in Hawaii.
United Airlines announced it had canceled all Friday flights to and from Kahului International Airport on Maui, the second-largest island. It was classified as a powerful Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength. This is the second hurricane to threaten the Hawaiian Islands in the past month, with Hurricane Hector brushing by just a few weeks ago. While the storm may weaken as it comes closer to the islands, residents are still preparing for the worst-case-scenario.
"Hawaii is in danger of being significantly impacted by Hurricane Lane, whether or not the hurricane directly hits the state", according to an emergency proclamation Gov. David Ige signed Wednesday pledging state aid for the expected damages.
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.
Damaging tropical storm-force winds could arrive on the Big Island early Thursday, with risky hurricane force expected in some areas later.
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. US Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii were instructed to leave port, a common practice when a hurricane approaches to avoid damage.
Mary Beth Griggs at Popular Science also explains that for a hurricane to hit Hawaii it has to overcome some pretty stiff winds.
Shoppers were going for generators, toilet paper, water and other supplies, KHON reported.
President Trump declared a state of emergency in Hawaii as islanders prepare for Hurricane Lane's arrival.
Henning said there's "low confidence" in the storm making a 90-degree left turn at the last minute.