Hurricane Lane: ‘STRONGEST hurricane EVER to endanger Hawaii’ sparks EMERGENCY warning

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
By Paul Martin

HURRICANE Lane is ferociously approaching Hawaii and Governor David Ige has issued an emergency warning in an effort to speed up the state’s response to potential impacts from the “strongest hurricane ever to endanger Hawaii”, according to BBC weather.

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

The Hawaii hurricane has been upgraded to a category 5 hurricane and forecasters have warned there could be excessive rainfall and 25ft high waves.

Governor David Ige told a press conference on Tuesday that a “direct hit” by Hurricane Lane could be more than what the state has planned for.

He said: “A direct hit in any significantly populated area would be far more than any emergency planning can plan for.

“The whole focus in disaster preparedness is helping each family and each individual prepare themselves.”

Governor Ige also urged residents in a tweet on Wednesday to prepare for “significant impact” caused by Hurricane Lane.

Weather experts have warned of potential “record damage”, with authorities clearing significantly and closing major roads fearing a danger to life.

BBC Weather warned Hurricane Lane is the “strongest hurricane ever” to threaten the US state of Hawaii.

BBC Weather wrote in a tweet: “HurricaneLane is the strongest hurricane to ever endanger #Hawaii, and the first Cat 5 on record to come so close to the islands.

“Excessive rainfall causing flash flooding and landslides, damaging winds and 25ft high waves possible – that’s nearly the height of 2 double decker buses.”

Eric Lau from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said it is likely the storm will hit the islands. He told Hawaii News Now: “Based on all available guidance and model data observations out there, it looks like the storm is going to stay on track moving up towards the islands over the next few hours.”

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