Hawaii hit by tropical cylone as Hurricane Lane reaches land today


A photo taken from the International Space Station and moved on social media by astronaut Ricky Arnold shows Hurricane Lane in the early morning hours near Hawaii, U.S., August 22, 2018.

Tropical storm force winds (39-73 mph) stretch out to 140 miles, so even if the hurricane doesn't make landfall, it could have widespread impact.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for Hawaii's Big Island, Maui and Oahu, including Honolulu, as Hurricane Lane, now a Category 4 storm, brings torrential rain to parts of the state on Wednesday.

National Weather Service computer models were showing upper-level wind shear becoming quite strong by Friday with trade winds helping to turn the storm to the west just before Lane would have a chance to make landfall on Oahu. Ige also warned Hawaii residents, who haven't experienced a major hurricane since Hurricane Iniki killed six people and caused $1.8 billion in damage back in 1992, that the storm's heavy rainfall would cause risky floods and landslides, and urged people not to attempt to cross moving water.

The governor said commercial harbors would also close and ordered boats to leave before the storm. It authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate disaster relief efforts with the state.

Big Island and Maui are under a hurricane warning, while Oahu and Kauai to the north remain on hurricane watch - meaning they could face these conditions in the next two days.

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Schools are closed and local government workers have been told to stay home unless they are essential employees.

Loren, right, and Ruby Aquino, of Honolulu, load water into their auto ahead of Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Honolulu. "We have about nine cases of water because we're having family stay with us as well, so one case per person".

"Hurricane Lane is not a well-behaved hurricane", he said in a statement.

The central Pacific gets fewer hurricanes than other regions, with about only four or five named storms a year.

Meteorologist Chevy Chevalier said Lane may weaken to a Category 3 by Thursday afternoon but that would still be a major hurricane.

A small group of volunteers from Arizona traveled to Hawaii with the American Red Cross on Wednesday to help residents prepare for and recover from an incoming hurricane. The greatest fear is, as he says, "We do not want to see what happened in Puerto Rico, and we do that by making sure we're prepared".