Hawaii hit by tropical cylone as Hurricane Lane reaches land today

Hawaii hit by tropical cylone as Hurricane Lane reaches land today

Hawaii hit by tropical cylone as Hurricane Lane reaches land today

CALGARY-Hurricane Lane's path toward Hawaii has forced WestJet to cancel all inbound flights to the islands for the next two days. Forecasters predict the storm's risky center could move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands later Thursday or Friday.

The ISS crew will have more chances to see the storm develop from space.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu reported rainfall on the Big Island already reaching 8 inches in 12 hours late Wednesday. Almost 12 inches had already fallen on the Big Island by late Wednesday.

"Whenever possible, the public should plan to shelter in place or stay with family or friends in homes outside of these hazard areas that were designed, built, or renovated to withstand anticipated conditions", the city and county of Honolulu said in a statement.

Schools are closed and local government workers have been told to stay home unless they are essential employees. The last time the island was hit by an equivalent hurricane was in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki passed directly over the island and caused over $1.8 billion in damage and six deaths.

All of the islands are under weather alerts. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Big Island as well as Maui County and Oahu, which means hurricane conditions are expected there.

The president issued the declaration on Wednesday. "We're going to the parks and try to hit every part of the homeless community", said Sgt. Joseph O'Neal, Honolulu Police Department Community Outreach Division.

Penny said the volunteers will be there to provide residents with shelter, food, emergency supplies, health services, "all these things that people need after experiencing something like a hurricane. We are grateful to the President and FEMA for the swift approval of our request as our state braces for the severe weather ahead", the governor said.

Through Saturday, 10-15 inches of rain are generally expected, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

The U.S. Navy is moving most of its fleet out of Pearl Harbor as Hurricane Lane continues its approach to Hawaii. "The heavy rains will lead to landslides and hazardous travel!" The ships will remain at sea until the storm threat passes.

CBS says that the safety of the cast and crew are the top priority and that they have been "closely monitoring the situation" since it was determined the hurricane would hit the island on Thursday afternoon. Conditions could trigger a weakening of Lane in the coming days, but it would still be risky because it's likely to remain a Category 1 cyclone.

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