Hurricane Lane is the biggest weather threat to Hawaii in decades

Three-day forecast track for Hurricane Lane issued 11 a.m. Wednesday

Hurricane Lane's outer bands pummeled the shores of Hawaii's Big Island with torrential rain Thursday morning, resulting in landslides and threatening serious flooding as the Category 4 storm moves closer. Luckily for Hawaii, most of those typhoons form in the Pacific and gain strength while moving west, hitting Australia and east Asia, sparing the Aloha State from the megastorms.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected on portions of the Big Island today, with hurricane conditions expected in some areas by tonight.

The storm is reported to have winds up to 145 miles per hour, and Hawaii Governor David Ige is warning residents to prepare themselves with at least 14 days of food and water and to seek shelter, CNN reported.

Travelling at 155mph (250kph) - the storm is expected to bring up to 25 inches of rain, triggering flash-flooding and landslides, according to the National Weather Service. They urged those needing the Molokai shelter to get there soon because of concerns the main highway on the south coast of the island could become impassable.

Public schools were closed for the rest of the week and local government workers were told to stay home unless they're essential employees.

The most recent National Weather service map, issued Thursday morning, projected the hurricane brushing past Hawaii Island early Friday morning.

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Officials opened shelters on the Big Island and on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai on Wednesday. The watch indicates hurricane conditions are possible and that winds of at least 39 miles per hour are anticipated in the next two days.

One key change is making sure that generators are in place so they can immediately provide power to residents and quickly restart the water system, Long told a briefing in Washington. The storm is the latest in a series of misfortunes for the island chain.

"We expect it to gradually weaken as it gets closer to the islands", Chevalier said. "The situation is extremely fluid and we continue to monitor Hurricane Lane's path closely", said the airline.

Hawaiians have been urged to buckle down with supplies as the island prepares to be hit by Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 cyclone. Only two hurricanes have made landfall in Hawaii since the 1950s: Hurricane Dot in 1959, and Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

There are only a few storms in the Central Pacific.

Since there is not much lava reaching the ocean anymore, the hurricane shouldn't have too much of an impact on the volcano region, according to Denison University Geophysicist Erik Klemetti. Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with localized amounts in excess of 30 inches over the Hawaiian Islands.

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