Hurricane Lane damage pictures: Big Island, Maui and Oahu UNDER WATER after storm

Saturday, August 25, 2018
By Paul Martin

HURRICANE Lane has pummelled Hawaii in recent hours causing severe flooding across Big Island, Maui and Oahu – here are the latest pictures of the damage caused by the torrential rainfall.

Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Flash floods reached “catastrophic” levels on Big Island, the National Weather Service said, as deserted roads were turned into eerie rivers.

NWS Honolulu tweeted: “Preliminary rain totals on Big Island show 4 stations have reported 40+ inches from #Lane.

“The highest is Waiakea Uka with 44.88″. Flooding remains a primary concern this weekend for some islands.”

Two feet (60cm) of rain pelted down in just 36 hours on Friday, with 40 inches of rain hitting some parts.

A flash flood warning remains in place for Hilo, Waimea and Volcano on Big Island until 4.30pm BST (5.30am local time) today.

Maui County officials also warned the “potential for excessive rainfall remains high” posing “life-threatening” conditions over the coming hours.

How strong is Lane now?

Lane was downgraded to a tropical storm south of Oahu on Friday but 70mph winds are still being recorded.

Rain is falling at a rate of between two and three inches per hour, according to Accuweather.

Police and emergency services have struggled to rescue people trapped in vehicles and homes as landslides blocked several roads.

Highway 11 remains closed between the 58 and 62 mil markers in Kau.

Hilo resident Tracy Pacheco said: “I’ve never seen this, so much devastation of the river flowing down off of Komohana (River).

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