Unlike other parts of the United States where residents can get in their cars and evacuate, Hawaiians are confined to the islands and so sit waiting for the storm to hit.
Earlier on Thursday the storm was downgraded to category three strength. The Big Island, which lies farthest to the east in the Hawaiian Island chain, has been the focus of a deluge of near-biblical proportions. Forecasters say it will move close to or over portions of Hawaii's main islands late Friday.
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. "This westward motion is forecast to continue through Sunday", the center said. 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.
2018 The threat of Hurricane Lane does not deter the tourists and locals from playing in and around the ocean as Hurricane Lane approaches Waikiki Beach on Kalakaua Ave on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Honolulu, Hi.
A hurricane warning is posted for Hawaii's Big Island, Maui and Oahu, including Honolulu, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within those areas.
Tropical storm or hurricane conditions are possible on Kauai starting tonight or Saturday, AccuWeather reported.
Authorities rescued people from more than 20 homes overnight, Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe said, and landslides and pooling water forced the temporary closure of several highways.
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Flash flood, landslide warnings issued as Hurricane Lane nears Hawaii
Forecasters predict the storm's unsafe center could move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands later Thursday or Friday. Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency Tuesday on Big Island to help provide relief for damage from the hurricane.
Rain began falling several days ago on the Big Island, which has received almost 4 feet (1.2 meters) in some areas.
Wildfires have also broken out due to the strong winds. "If it's a really heavy rain we can get roads washed out and some flash flooding over here".
Shelters have opened across the state.
Governor David Ige urged residents to prepare for the worst by setting aside enough water, food and medicines for 14 days.
America's Pacific paradise is now under a state of emergency as Hurricane Lane soaks the Big Island.
Jackson Shafer was originally scheduled to fly home to Vancouver on Saturday, but WestJet cancelled the flight along with all outgoing flights from Hawaii on Friday.
As of Friday morning, Hurricane Lane's center was just under 200 miles from Honolulu.