Powerful Hurricane Lane lumbers toward Hawaii as residents prepare

Hurricane Lane NOAA 5pm update

Hurricane Lane NOAA 5pm update The storm's eye is set to pass south of Big Island

To the north, Oahu was under a hurricane warning while Kauai remained on hurricane watch meaning it could face such conditions starting Friday morning.

Forecasters say Lane's impact on the islands could be severe, no matter which path the hurricane takes.

A National Weather Service spokesman said: "The centre of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday". Ige also warned Hawaii residents, who haven't experienced a major hurricane since Hurricane Iniki killed six people and caused $1.8 billion in damage back in 1992, that the storm's heavy rainfall would cause unsafe floods and landslides, and urged people not to attempt to cross moving water.

The storm is moving closer to the Hawaiian islands with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour and forecasters say it's "on course to pass very close" to the islands or make landfall from Thursday through Friday.

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Dangerous, hurricane-force winds were expected to hit the Big Island overnight and slam Maui Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

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The NWS said the storm weakened slightly overnight but excessive rainfall would affect the Hawaiian islands into the weekend, "leading to significant and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides".

The shelves of a downtown Honolulu Walmart were stripped of items ranging from canned tuna to dog food. The last major storm to hit was Iniki in 1992.

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Locals in Hawaii are stocking up on water and petrol, with long queues reported at petrol stations in the state's capital Honolulu.

Thao Nguyen, 35, who works at a clothes shop in Honolulu, said: "I went to Safeway last night for regular groceries, everyone was in a panic". "We have about nine cases of water because we're having family stay with us as well, so one case per person".

A small group of volunteers from Arizona traveled to Hawaii with the American Red Cross on Wednesday to help residents prepare for and recover from an incoming hurricane.

Governor Ige also stated that US President Donald Trump approved a request for emergency aid, allowing the region to have access to federal resources for restoration. U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii have been instructed to leave port to avoid damage. A government report on that storm recorded six people dead and more than 100 injured.

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