Aloha Lane! Hawaiians defy Hurricane Lane to surf and dive in the raging sea as high winds and torrential rains touch off flash floods and landslides

Friday, August 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

Hurricane Lane was downgraded to a Category 3 storm but officials warn it remains dangerous as ever
‘Excessive rain’ will likely continue over the weekend and hurricane warnings remain in most of the island
Hurricane Lane’s center was recorded around 260 miles south of Honolulu, with winds clocking near 125 mph
Oahu prepared to set off a siren warning on Thursday for those who needed to seek shelter before nightfall
Some airlines also began canceling flights, with United Airlines grounding planes to and from Maui on Friday
Two campers have become trapped in Waipio Valley on the Big Island’s northern coast due to Hurricane Lane

24 August 2018

Authorities pleaded with locals and tourists in Hawaii to stay indoors and avoid the world-famous beaches as Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides.

But many appeared unconcerned as they went for a dip in the wild ocean and drove their cars through floodwaters as almost two feet of rain fell on the Big Island.

The storm was still spinning in the Pacific Ocean about 180 miles southeast of Kailua-Kona, downgraded to a category 3 hurricane but still likely to do a lot of damage with winds of 125mph.

‘Lane, while it’s been downgraded, is wide and very moist and it’s going to hang around for a while, because it’s moving slowly. That’s why we’re taking so much precaution here,’ Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

There were no reports of injuries, but at least 14 roads were closed because of flash floods and landslides in the Pacific island state.

Tourists were advised to stay away from a popular attraction on the island of Maui called the Seven Sacred Pools, a scenic cluster of waterfalls and grottos.

‘Life threatening flash floods. This is a very dangerous situation. Avoid unnecessary travel,’ Governor David Ige said in a Tweet.

Stores along Waikiki’s glitzy Kalakaua Avenue stacked sandbags along the bottom of their glass windows to prepare for heavy rain and flash flooding.

Police on loudspeakers told surfers and swimmers to get out of the water, saying the beach would be closed until further notice.

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