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Hurricane Floods Stir Rain-Hardened Hilo Residents

Hurricane Floods Stir Rain-Hardened Hilo Residents

The outer bands of the hurricane dumped as much as 3 feet (1 meter) of rain in 48 hours on the mostly rural Big Island.

With the storm still spinning in the Pacific Ocean about 225 km southeast of Kailua-Kona, more than 30 cm of rain had already fallen on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii, said Kelly Wooten, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.

Now located some 230 miles south of the capital Honolulu, Hurricane Lane was expected to hit very close to the islands on Thursday night or Friday morning.

BBC newsman James Cook reportedly dodged serious injury on Friday while reporting on Hurricane Lane on the radio.

"This is one of the worst fires we've ever had in the Lahaina area", Maui's mayor, Alan Arakawa, said publicly on Friday. "Regardless of the hurricane track, life threatening impacts will extend far beyond the center position of Lane".

The center of the storm was located about 315 miles south-southwest of Honolulu and 270 miles southwest of Lihue, the CPHC said in its 5 a.m. HST update.

CBS says that the safety of the cast and crew are the top priority and that they have been "closely monitoring the situation" since it was determined the hurricane would hit the island on Thursday afternoon.

The storm is also expected to stir up "life-threatening surf" and risky rip currents along numerous state's exposed coastlines, the NWS reported.

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Though the storm was expected to turn west, which would lessen the threat to the islands, federal authorities urged caution.

The archipelago's Big Island was meanwhile deluged with "catastrophic flooding", the NWS said.

Hawaii has been lashed by high winds and torrential rain, causing flash floods, landslides and raging surf as residents hunkered down to ride out the storm.

An emergency storm shelter at Lahaina Intermediate School, which had been sheltering 26 evacuees, has been forced to relocate due to the fire. Video filmed from the air above the coastal town of Hilo shows extensive flooding around built-up areas as a layer of grey cloud hangs ominously low over the land.

Now a category 4 storm with winds of 130 miles per hour, meteorologists predict Hurricane Lane could possibly be the worst storm to hit the fiftieth state in decades.

A hurricane watch for Hawaii's westernmost inhabited islands, Kauai and Niihau, was downgraded amid warnings that Lane could trigger flash flooding and inflict wind damage.

The Central Pacific gets few hurricanes and tropical storms; the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific usually see many more named storms.

While Hurricane Lane's exact path is still uncertain, Ballard said continuous rain and the potential for strong winds could still be damaging even if the storm's eye doesn't make landfall.


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