Hurricane Lane delays Pride of America turnaround in Honolulu

Monday, 27 Aug, 2018

A large wave hits a man on a breakwater along Waikiki Beach ahead of Hurricane Lane, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Honolulu. Pride of America will then return to Honolulu early morning of Saturday, Sept. 1.

Hurricane Lane spun through the Pacific toward Hawaii on Friday, losing power and slowing as it weakened to a Category 2 storm that brought raging surf, torrential rain and catastrophic flooding to the Big Island.

Lane was downgraded on Friday to a Category 1, the lowest ranking on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, as it churned through the Pacific south of Oahu, the National Weather Service said.

Though the latest projections showed Lane's center remaining offshore, the most powerful side of the storm will still wash over almost all of Hawaii's main islands, bringing torrential rainfall for more than 24 hours to a million people.

A vehicle is stuck partially submerged in floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on the Big Island on August 23, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii.

Thousands of people have been evacuated on Big Island due to the flooding and torrents of rain even caused landslides to block roads.

Experts said a direct strike is not needed to see a significant impact from such a strong hurricane.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief Brock Long warned of major power grid disruptions.

Hurricane Lane delays Pride of America turnaround in Honolulu
Hurricane Lane delays Pride of America turnaround in Honolulu

More than 20 inches of rain is expected in some locations forecasters said. Kauai and Niihau are under a hurricane watch, meaning hurricane conditions are possible and that winds of at least 39 miles per hour are anticipated in the comings days.

She said the Alenaio Stream, which eventually ends up at the Hilo Bayfront, is thankfully blocked from washing out her home by a 15 ft. high, 2 ft thick wall. While previous forecasts estimated that the center of the storm would hit land, it seems to have shifted course-still, though, it is a powerful storm and will cause damage likely Friday night and through Saturday.

President Trump declared a state of emergency in Hawaii as islanders prepare for Hurricane Lane's arrival.

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The center of the storm is not expected to come ashore though the eye wall could pass dangerously close to the central islands, including Oahu and Maui, in the coming days.

There's uncertainty to Lane's path - whether it moves north or south, meteorologist Gavin Shigesato said. Hawaii rarely gets hit.

Unlike Florida or Texas, where residents can get in their cars and drive hundreds of miles to safety, people in Hawaii are confined to the islands and must stay put.

The Trump administration's disaster response came under heavy criticism previous year after a pair of hurricanes struck Florida and Puerto Rico, leaving millions without power for months on Puerto Rico.