“Hurricane Lane’s outer bands have been pummeling parts of Hawaii’s Big Island with rain Thursday morning, triggering landslides and threatening serious flooding as the Category 4 cyclone moves perilously close to the Aloha State.” – CNN
Residents of Hawaii frantically scramble to adapt, as Hurricane Lane is quite possibly the first major cyclone to hit the states in 26 years.
Hawaii Governor, David Inge, has urged everyone to prepare for the disaster by setting aside enough food and water to live off for two weeks. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center is tracking the hurricane and has predicted that it is expected to move progressively closer to the main islands Thursday through Friday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator, Brock Long, released a statement saying “Hawaii is going to be impacted by Hurricane Lane. The question is, how bad?”
Reports have shown that the storm’s center has maximum sustained winds close to 130 mph, was in the Pacific about 205 miles southwest of the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona around 8 a.m. HT Thursday (2 p.m. ET).
Approximately 7 to 12 inches of rain has already hit the island of Hawaii early Thursday, with no expected cease (for now). This tropical storm has brought 39-73 mph winds that have stretched out over 140 miles. Officials remind everyone to stay safe during these dire conditions. This natural disaster will bring dangerous winds, landslides, rough surf and major flooding so be sure to stick together.