Hurricane Lane Floods Hawaii

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Hurricane Lane  has passed over the islands of Hawaii this past week, causing major damage and destruction to those involved. The storm reportedly hit the small town of Waimanalo, Hawaii on Friday August 24th, causing major destruction and damage. For instance, there have been several reports of mudslides, and unfortunately, several reporters assigned to cover the story are now unable to leave the island due to the remaining dangers.

According to CNN reporter Susannah Cullinane, Hawaii’s Big Island was impacted the most, receiving about 52 inches of rain prompting several Hawaiian residents to be evacuated as floodwaters ran through their homes. According to the The Weather Channel, ”it initially formed as a tropical storm in the eastern Pacific on Aug. 15 and became a hurricane the next day.” Reports say the hurricane was initially labeled as category five but rapidly de-escalated as it approached the big island. The rainfall broke records, comparable to hurricane Harvey which accumulated 60 inches of rain last year. In addition to the rain, high winds were reported by the Weather channel, allegedly reaching up to 83 mph, with 107 mph gusts!

On Wednesday August, 22 governor David Ige led a press conference and advised the residents of Hawaii to find shelter with enough food, water and extra supplies in place for fourteen days to ensure everyone’s safety during the storm. Residents stocked up on toilet paper, backup generators, batteries and other supplies; and subsequently, stores surrounding the island were left with little to no supplies.

According to CNN reporter Brandon Miller, island officials have been expecting road flooding, and are warning residents to refrain from driving until roads are clear. In a recent press conference Homeland Security secretary Kirsten Nielsen stated “Our initial response is just the beginning. We remain here and will be here.”

Despite the rain and winds, no casualties have been reported, and thousands of FEMA workers will be supporting Hawaii as it recovers from the disaster.