Hurricane Lane isn’t expected to bring tropical storm or hurricane force winds to Hawaii USA, until later Thursday, but the storm is already pounding the Big Island—and other islands are bracing for impact.
In the past 12 hours, parts of the Big Island have seen more than 12 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service’s Honolulu station.
That’s likely to increase as Lane has lessened in intensity slightly (it is now a Category 4 storm, down from a Category 5 Wednesday),
…but it is also a slow moving event, which forecasters worry will result in “life-threatening” flash flooding and landslides over all Hawaiian islands.
Flash flood warnings are currently in effect for large swaths of the Big Island.
Excessive rainfall associated with Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands into the weekend, leading to significant and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.