Store Shelves Emptied As Hawaiians Prepare For Hurricane Lane

Could be first hurricane to take hit the Big Island in 30 years

More than 40 millimetres of rain fell on Coldwater Tuesday as torrential rains pounded much of our region, but it will pale in comparison to what Hawaii may be in for as Hurricane Lane creeps closer and closer.

Tropical-storm-force winds could arrive on Wednesday in the Big Island, and in the smaller islands by Thursday or Friday

The storm powered up to Category 5 status overnight, packing a sustained wind of 285 kilometres per hour.

Rainfall could amount to more than 280 millimetres.

There hasn’t been a storm like this hit Hawaii in nearly 30 years. Only four named storms — two hurricanes and two tropical storms — have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959. Close calls are also rare, with Hawaii getting a named storm within 100 kilometres of its coastline about once every four years on average.

The U.S. National Weather Service says Lane poses a “potential threat to life and property.”

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