Hawaii Braces For Hurricane Lane | lane

Hurricane Lane map

With winds exceeding 100 miles per hour, Hurricane Lane could be the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

This satellite image provided by NOAA on August 22, 2018 shows Hurricane Lane south of Hawaii.

A auto is stuck partially submerged in floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on the Big Island on Thursday in Hilo, Hawaii.

Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Hawaii and some people haven't lived through one.

Long said he spoke to Hawaii's Gov. David Ige, who requested an emergency declaration.

With maximum winds sustained near 130 mph, the storm's center was in the Pacific Ocean about 210 miles south-southwest of the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona around 5 a.m. HT Thursday (11 a.m. ET). Landslides blocked parts of Highway 19, a thoroughfare cutting across the island's northern half, according to the state's civil defense agency.

The hurricane's outer rain bands were bringing showers to some parts of the island, said Matt Foster, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Buses around Honolulu have been picking up residents in need and taking them to shelters.

If Hawaii didn't already have enough on its plate regarding natural disasters, the island is now bracing for a category 4 hurricane.

The Navy pulled ships and submarines out of Pearl Harbor before the Hawaiian Islands started getting pounded by strong gusts and torrential rain.

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Oahu island, which includes the capital Honolulu and most of the state's population, is under a hurricane warning, along with Maui County and Hawaii County. To the north, Oahu was under a hurricane warning while Kauai remained on hurricane watch meaning it could face such conditions starting Friday morning.

"(I'm) filling up my bathtub with some water, hoping to board up my main windows in time", a shopper on the Big Island, Shana Bartolome, told CNN affiliate KHON on Tuesday.

Instead, they must stay put and make sure they have enough supplies to outlast prolonged power outages and other potential emergencies.

The path predicted for Hurricane Lane.

Islanders in Hawaii are hunkering down and were told to go to shelters or stay in place with preparations for up to 14 days. And not all of the shelters that it does have are fit to protect people.

President Trump "swiftly approved" it, he said.

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 last major storm to hit was Iniki in 1992.

On the island of Lanai, it was eerily dead still and grey, said Nick Palumbo II, who owns Lanai Surf School and Safari.

For some perspective, the historic flooding in April brought almost 50 inches of rain to Kauai in a 24-hour period.

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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