Hurricane Lane: Holiday hotspot braced for LIFE THREATENING conditions

Hurricane Lane tropical storm force wind probabilities. 11 p.m

Hurricane Lane tropical storm force wind probabilities. 11 p.m

All public schools will be closed for the rest of the week in anticipation of the storm.

The County Civil Defence Agency issued an alert saying schools and beaches would be shut as the storm prepares to hit.

Hurricane Lane has grown to a category 5 storm as it approaches Hawaii with potential for torrential rain, flash flooding and landslides, forecasters said.

On the south side of the Big Island, workers at Mizuno Superette in Pahala also were bracing for a busy afternoon.

"I helped out with Hurricane Iniki, I was in the military and came over here when they had the devastation, so I kind of see the after effects of it", he said.

Ige also urged President Donald Trump to declare a federal state emergency and approve immediate USA federal military help. It was unclear when the system would make an expected turn west and barrel toward the island chain.

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It's mostly sunny in Honolulu.

"This is a very serious storm so please take it seriously", Parkinson said.

"When everybody finishes work, they'll have time".

The first emergency shelters are preparing to open as Hurricane Lane heads toward Hawaii.

In addition to strong winds, the primary threats will be rough surf, coastal erosion, and heavy rainfall, even if the center of the storm does not move directly over the islands.

Warnings and watches are up in the Hawaiian Islands. He says it's possible Oahu and Kaui might eventually be included in a watch.

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Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander of the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, said Wednesday that all ships not now undergoing maintenance are being moved.

All Hawaii-based Navy aircraft will be kept in hangars or flown to other airfields to avoid the storm. Mount Kilauea began producing lava flows in early May and portions of the southeastern coastline of the Big Island have been transformed by the lava flows which covered over 13 square miles (35 square kilometers). The sharper the turn to the north, the more likely one or more islands will endure a direct hit.

According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the hurricane is 380 miles south-southeast of Hilo, 555 miles south-southeast of Honolulu, 645 miles southeast of Lihue and 670 miles southeast of Niihau.

Lane's maximum sustained winds were about 155 mph, the National Weather Service said, which will slowly weaken over the next 48 hours.

Correction: August 22, 2018 12:00 am - An earlier version of this story said Hurricane Lane's maximum sustained winds were about 1655 miles per hour. The rare storm, which reached Category 5 Tuesday before dropping back to a Category 4 Wednesday, is the closest a Category 5 hurricane has ever gotten to Hawaii.

"It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian islands, will be directly impacted by Lane", the weather service said.

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Hawaii's biggest hotels were confident they could keep their guests safe as long as they stay inside, said Mufi Hannemann, CEO of Hawaii Tourism and Lodging Association.

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