Over the last few days, residents and tourists in Hawaii have been preparing for Hurricane Lane. The storm, which at one point was categorized as a level 5 storm, was projected to be the worst storm to hit the island since 1992.
On Thursday night, the National Weather Service redefined the warning for the islands as a tropical storm warning rather than a hurricane warning. Still, the amount of rain and “life-threatening flash floods” that Lane has already brought is wreaking havoc on the islands.
Now, a report from the Big Island has emerged after it received a dangerous amount of rain over the course of 24 hours. According to the New York Post, 5 tourists already had to be rescued from the storm.
Emergency workers had to respond to a flooded house in Hilo. Reportedly, a nearby gulch had overflowed and there were five California tourists in extreme danger. According to the Hawaii County Managing Director, Wil Okabe, the five people were rescued successfully and made it out without injuries.
At this point, residents on the islands are preparing their homes, businesses, and hotels for the damage that is projected to come. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Big Island already experienced around 20 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.
Hurricane Lane, now being described as a Category 3 storm, reportedly still has sustained winds of 120 mph. The storm is expected to move closer to or even hit sections of Hawaii on Friday night.
President Trump declared a state of emergency for the islands as they brace themselves for the storm.
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