Hawaii braces itself for Hurricane Lane

Hawaii Hurricane Lane evacuation

Hawaii Hurricane Lane evacuation A man boards up his windows in preparation

The last time the island was hit by an equivalent hurricane was in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki passed directly over the island and caused over $1.8 billion in damage and six deaths.

"Lane, while it's been downgraded, is wide and very moist and it's going to hang around for a while, because it's moving slowly".

The downpours could lead to landslides and flooding.

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.

CBS says that the safety of the cast and crew are the top priority and that they are "closely monitoring the situation" as the hurricane isn't expected to hit Oahu until Thursday.

A hurricane watch was also issued by the NWS for the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Around 10-30 inches of rain is forecast through the weekend, prompting concern for landslides, which were blocking parts of Route 19 on the Big Island's northern tip, according to the county civil defense agency.

Residents and tourists in Hawaii are frantically buying food and supplies as they prepare for Hurricane Lane to arrive.

All public schools, University of Hawaii campuses and non-essential government offices on the islands of Oahu and Kauai will be closed for at least two days from Thursday, he said.

Hawaii's inexperience with storms of Lane's caliber will make that preparation more hard.

As those shelters opened, rain began to pour and cellphone alerts went out, the approaching hurricane started to feel real for Hawaii residents. Donovan Poniatowski, with Hawaiian Dredging keeps look out as plywood boards are hauled to the top of the Koa Building to cover openings and protect the structure from the approaching rains from Hurricane Lane on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

As they prepare for Hurricane Lane, they say it's easy to think back to the Category 4 hurricane 26 years ago.

"That was total destruction", he said of Iniki.

"It's just this feeling I get, that there's the potential for it to be really big", she said.

Much of the state of Hawaii is now under a hurricane warning, with Category 4 hurricane Lane threatening to make landfall, bringing 10 to 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, reports CBS News.

The shelves of a downtown Honolulu Walmart were stripped of items ranging from canned tuna to dog food, bottled water and coolers full of ice.

US President Donald Trump yesterday declared a state of emergency in Hawaii, releasing disaster funds as powerful Hurricane Lane bears down on the archipelago's Big Island. The Navy pulled ships and submarines out of Pearl Harbor before the Hawaiian Islands started getting pounded by strong gusts and torrential rain.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator Tom Travis said there is not enough shelter space state-wide and he advised people who are not in flood zones to stay at home.

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