Flash flood, landslide warnings issued as Hurricane Lane nears Hawaii

International Space Station satellite releases stunning images of Hurricane Lane

Scramble for food and water as Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii

The Category 4 storm is expected to be the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Some areas may see as much as several feet of rain pour in through the island. Tropical-storm-force winds persist up to 140 miles from the center. FEMA Administrator Brock Long said at a news conference on hurricane preparations.

Cassidy Penny, a spokeswoman with the American Red Cross, said four people from Arizona and one person from El Paso, Texas, were flying to the state ahead of Hurricane Lane, a category 4 storm that was expected to slam into the islands Thursday.

The airline is advising all passengers travelling to or from cities affected by Hurricane Lane to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport.

On the Big Island's northern tip, landslides were blocking parts of Route 19, the county civil defense agency said.

"No, we got to plan for the worst and hope for the best".

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CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV describes Hurricane Lane as a "massive and rare Category 5 Central Pacific cyclone". Hurricane Lane is a Category 5 storm on Wednesday morning. "Hurricane Lane is not a well-behaved hurricane".

"It's important for residents and visitors to stay alert and stay informed", Caldwell said. "This is because the harbors are our lifeline to essential food and products", he said on Twitter.

"The approval of the Presidential Disaster Declaration means that Hawai'i will have quick and efficient access to federal resources in the wake of Hurricane Lane, as our communities and residents recover from any damage and losses caused by the storm". The campers called authorities Wednesday, but emergency crews could not mount a rescue operation. Landslides had closed some roads.

"Heavy rain in Hilo right now", Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe said of the east side town.

Lane is prompting warnings for the Big Island, Maui and Oahu as the US Navy is moving its ships and submarines. Officials urged those needing the Molokai shelter to get there soon because of concerns that the main highway on the island's south coast could become impassable.

Government workers have been asked to stay home unless specifically needed.

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"I don't have a generator, but I figure as things thaw out, if the electricity goes, we'll just get cooking", he said.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center graphic. Hawaii rarely gets hit. David Ige urged residents to be as prepared as possible for the hurricane that is expected to make landfall in the coming days. Others have come close in recent years.

"We're planning on boarding up all our windows and sliding doors", Napua Puaoi of Wailuku, Maui, said after buying plywood from Home Depot.

Puaoi was 12 when Iniki hit Hawaii.

She said the volunteers - who have "big hearts and just want to help people" - will provide physical as well as emotional support to survivors.

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