Hurricane Lane Weakens To Category 3 As Rain Triggers Floods, Landslides

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A hurricane warning is posted for Hawaii's Big Island, Maui and Oahu, including Honolulu, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within those areas. A vacationing mother looking for rest and relaxation instead tries to comfort her children, telling them that "fancy winds" might disrupt their long-awaited trip, but that they'll be okay. A powerful hurricane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides Thursday that blocked roads on the rural Big Island but didn't scare tourists away from surfing and swimming at popular Honolulu beaches still preparing get pummeled by the erratic storm.

Pereira said Honolulu had opened 20 facilities by 10 a.m. local time and was providing free bus service for homeless people to reach them.

The Category 4 storm is not projected to make a direct hit on the islands, but officials have warned that even a lesser blow could do significant harm. The National Weather Service said it has the potential to pass dangerously close to islands including Maui, Moloka'i and Oahu tonight and tomorrow.

Hurricane Lane on its way to Hawaii.

Hurricane Lane isn't expected to bring tropical storm or hurricane force winds to Hawaii until later Thursday, but the storm is already pounding the Big Island-and other islands are bracing for impact.

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It could be so devastating that authorities are urging residents to set aside two weeks' worth of food and water.

Loren, right, and Ruby Aquino, of Honolulu, load water into their vehicle ahead of Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Honolulu.

Within the coming week, four more Matson vessels are scheduled to unload about 3,500 containers of goods and whatever emergency supplies needed.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says the government had positioned generators and other aid in Hawaii well before the anticipated arrival of the hurricane.

Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico previous year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has made changes to how it works, Fema Administrator Brock Long said on Thursday.

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Torrential rain is lashing Hawaii as Hurricane Lane barrels towards the archipelago, threatening to be the first hurricane to make landfall there since 1992.

In Honolulu's Manoa Valley neighborhood, sidewalks typically full of joggers and dog walkers were empty late on Thursday as residents stood outside their homes watching the skies, and businesses closed early for the day. In the western half of that ocean they are called typhoons instead of hurricanes and tend to be bigger and badder than the storms that plague the Americas.

"We're going to be in business for longer", said Ray Moody, a longtime Hawaii Red Cross volunteer. "Their goal is to allow people to ride out the storm, and after the storm passes, the folks who can go home do, and the folks who can't are transitioned into emergency shelters, also run by the counties in Hawaii". "If we need more, we'll have them shipped in".

Neighbor island barges are also just offshore in safe areas from the storm, ready to unload as quickly as possible.

Brad Kieserman of the Red Cross said there were 16 emergency shelters open and 283 people across the island already in them.

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Ullin said she's lived on Maui for 20 years, but this storm is the first one that has her truly anxious. The same pattern is expected for Oahu.

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