Hurricane Lane brings 19 inches of rain to parts of Hawaii (Source CNN) More than 19 inches of rain fell on a northeastern section of Hawaii’s Big Island during a 24-hour period, as Hurricane Lane drew nearer to the Aloha State. The outer bands of the Category 4 cyclone pummeled the Big Island on Thursday, triggering landslides and causing flooding that forced officials to close some roads.
The center of the storm — which could become the first major cyclone to make landfall in the state in 26 years — is expected to move very close to the main islands or cross land through Friday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. It could be so devastating Gov. David Ige has urged residents to set aside two weeks’ worth of food and water.
“Hawaii is going to be impacted by Hurricane Lane. The question is, how bad?” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long told reporters.
The storm’s center, with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph, was in the Pacific about 205 miles southwest of the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona around 8 a.m. Hawaii Time.
Landslides are a concern, with 10-30 inches of rain forecast through the weekend — and slides were already happening on the Big Island as the storm’s outer bands hit Thursday morning.