Reports: Hurricane Lane triggers major flooding, landslides across Hawaii

August 24, 2018, 11:28:51 AM EDT


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Major Hurricane Lane will endanger lives and property as it impacts Hawaii into the weekend.

"Lane has the potential of bringing the state of Hawaii serious and perhaps record damage," AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Hawaii on Wednesday. The worst conditions are expected into Saturday as Lane passes dangerously close to the islands.

Hurricane Lane preparations in Hawaii - AP Photo

Kaipo Popa secures plywood to protect windows on a home in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP Photo/John Locher)


"People should be prepared for power outages, coastal flooding, beach erosion, downed trees and major travel disruptions," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Download the free AccuWeather app for the latest forecast and advisories related to Hurricane Lane.

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This animation shows Hurricane Lane spinning just southwest of the Big Island of Hawaii on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (NOAA / GOES Satellite)


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1:15 a.m. HST Friday:

NWS Honolulu reports that Hurricane Lane has dropped more than 30 inches of rain in one area of Hawaii's Big Island within the past 24 hours.



1:00 a.m. HST Friday:

Emergency personnel responded to reports of a brush fire in the area of Kauaula Valley in Lahaina. The fire spread, and residents in the area were being evacuated, according to the County of Maui Facebook page.

The Emergency Operating Center and Red Cross evacuated people in the storm shelter at Lahaina Intermediate School to Lahaina Civic Center.

Ten fire companies, tankers from both the Fire and Public Works Departments, and one battalion chief responded to the fire.

Honoapiilani Highway is closed at Carl’s Junior in Ma'alaea and Shaw Street in Lahaina. Motorists should avoid the area, according to the County of Maui.

The cause and the exact magnitude of the fire were unknown at the time of the Facebook post on early Friday morning.


11:30 p.m. HST Thursday:

The Hawaii Department of Transportation reports that several roads have been blocked by fallen trees in Maui and the Big Island.

The risk of fallen trees and power outages is expected to increase on Friday as Lane continues on its northward track closer to the islands. With the ground now saturated in many locations, even a modest gust of wind can be enough to knock down trees.


10:15 p.m. HST Thursday:

A brown water advisory has been issued across Hawaii as runoff is entering coastal waters, according to MauiNow.com.

People are being urged to stay out of floodwaters and storm water runoff.



9:15 p.m. HST Thursday:

As heavy rain from Lane continues to pound the Big Island of Hawaii, the fire and police departments in Hilo are going house to house advising residents on Kaiulani Street to evacuate because of flooding.


In Maui, power has been restored to most costumers who lost electricity earlier on Thursday due to fallen trees. Over 2,000 people were without power on the island during Thursday afternoon.



8:10 p.m. HST Thursday:

Power has been restored at Maui's Kahului Airport after an outage earlier Thursday evening. Airline passengers are encouraged to continue to check with their airlines as flights may have been canceled due to Lane.



7:30 p.m. HST Thursday:

In the past 24 hours, Hilo has picked up a little over one foot of rainfall. To put this in perspective, the city typically receives around 9.85 inches of rain during the entire month of August.

The intense rainfall is overwhelming streets, causing road closures throughout the area. Motorists are reminded to never attempt to drive through floodwaters. The water is likely deeper it appears and the roadway underneath could be washed out.

The Associated Press reported that 5 people were rescued from a flooded house in Hilo and taken to a shelter.



6:00 p.m. HST Thursday:

The National Weather Service office in Honolulu has extended its flash flood warning for the Big Island until 6:45 p.m. HST Thursday.

"Fire Department personnel rescued a family in the Kaiulani Street area of Hilo," the warning said.

"Heavy rainfall will continue to move across the southeast half of the island into [Thursday night]," the warning continued, adding that this was a very dangerous situation and to avoid unnecessary travel.



4:40 p.m. HST Thursday:

A power outage has been reported at Kahului Airport in Maui County. The airport said that there may be brief delays until backup power is up and running.

Motorists are being urged to drive with caution around Maui as several traffic signals are out, according to MauiNow.com.


The Hawaii Department of Transportation has closed several major roadways, including the H-3 Freeway, for equipment staging and due to the potential for landslides.



2:30 p.m. HST Thursday:

Lane is now a Category 3 hurricane; however, it still remains a major hurricane and will pose a significant risk to lives and property throughout the weekend.

Honolulu will sound their emergency sirens at 4 p.m. HST. Officials are asking that people shelter in place before nightfall with shelters available for those without a safe place to stay.

Over 25 military aircraft and six U.S. warships have departed Hawaii as Lane batters the islands.



1:25 p.m. HST Thursday:

Rainfall totals are approaching 20 inches in some areas on the Big Island of Hawaii. Waiakea has received more rain today than what Sacramento typically sees in an entire year.

"Excessive rainfall associated with this slow-moving hurricane will continue to impact the Hawaiian Islands into the weekend, leading to significant and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides," the National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

Lane is still a powerful Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph with some higher wind gusts.


12:20 p.m. HST Thursday:

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer has landed in Hawaii and is tracking flooding on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Some areas on the Big Island of Hawaii have already seen over one foot of rain, resulting in major flooding and mudslides.

Meanwhile, wind and rain have arrived on Oahu. Conditions will slowly deteriorate on Oahu in the coming days with Lane expected to make its closest approach to the island early on Saturday.



9:45 a.m. HST Thursday:

A disaster declaration has been approved for Hawaii by President Donald Trump as Hurricane Lane bears down on the islands.

“I have authorized an emergency disaster declaration to provide Hawaii the necessary support ahead of Hurricane Lane. Our teams are closely coordinating with the state and local authorities,” President Trump Tweeted on Thursday.

Multiple landslides have been reported on Hawaii Island, forcing sections of Route 270 to be closed.

Crews are working to clear some of the landslides; however, more landslides are possible as rain from Lane persists. Those that must travel should use caution and avoid crossing flooded roads.

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A landslide along the Akoni Pule Highway on Thursday morning. (Photo/DOTHawaii)


6:00 a.m. HST Thursday:

Heavy rainfall continues on the windward side of the island. Hurricane Lane has stalled, causing conditions of heavy rain and flooding to continue.

Dangerous driving conditions and flooding are occurring from Waipio Valley south to Volcano. Residents are asked to stay off the roads due to extreme hazards created by the heavy rainfall. This heavy rainfall is expected to continue due to Hurricane Lane stalling.

Several road closures on major highways, as well as secondary roads, are in effect at this time due to flash flooding.

"All motorists and residents of effected areas are urged to use extreme caution and be aware of flooding conditions. This is a very dangerous situation and heavy rains are expected to continue," the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in a post.

The immediate threats of rain, wind and surf on the west side of the island have diminished for now.


2:30 a.m. HST Thursday:

Hawaii Police Department reports multiple road impacts due to the heavy rains from Hurricane Lane.

"Highway 19 is partially blocked in multiple areas due to landslides. Police and Department of Transportation crews are responding to the rock slides, debris and water on the roadway. This roadway is extremely hazardous," according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Multiple roads remain closed. The following advisories are issued due to flash flooding:

  • Stay off the roadways if at all possible due to hazardous driving conditions of poor visibility, debris on roadway and ponding or flowing water.
  • Conditions will continue to deteriorate throughout the day as Hurricane Lane moves by the island and winds increase.
  • Other roadways may become impassable at any time without notice.
  • Drivers and persons on foot are reminded to not cross fast-flow water; turn around, don't drown.



11 p.m. HST Wednesday:

The outer rain bands are already causing problems on the Big Island of Hawaii.

In Hilo, nearly 8 inches of rain have fallen within the past 24 hours. Bayfront Highway has reportedly closed due to flooding.



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7 a.m. HST Wednesday:

All schools on Hawaii Island and in Maui County are closed until further notice due to the anticipated impacts from Hurricane Lane.



6:30 p.m. HST Tuesday:

Hawaii’s Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation in anticipation of Hurricane Lane.

“This emergency proclamation will provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering caused by Hurricane Lane,” a statement on Twitter said. “The proclamation also serves to protect the health, safety and welfare of Hawaii residents and visitors.”

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