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WestJet cancels Hawaii flights due to Hurricane Lane

24 August 2018

The last major storm to hit was Iniki in 1992.

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Hawaii was Category 4 Iniki, which made landfall on Kauai island on September 11, 1992, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The department is also coordinating with the 375,000-strong Filipino community through the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu.

The eastern side of the island picked up almost 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) of rain in three hours, while there was light rain in other areas, Foster said. President Trump's declaration secures federal emergency response funding as well as Homeland Security and FEMA assistance.

Though may hurricanes lose strength when making landfall, there is great concern that the slow-moving track of the hurricane will cause more harm, even if the hurricane loses a bit of steam on impact.

Governor Ige said: "I urge our residents and visitors to take this threat seriously and prepare for a significant impact".

Lane may come within less than 100 miles of Lāna'i, Maui, Moloka'i, O'ahu, and Kauai when it makes its closest pass Friday. "The situation is extremely fluid and we continue to monitor Hurricane Lane's path closely", said the airline. Unlike other parts of the U.S. where residents can get in their cars and evacuate, Hawaiians are confined to the islands and so sit waiting for the storm to hit.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Gavin Shigesato says rain gauges near Hilo had recorded 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) of rain in 12 hours as of 4 a.m. Thursday.

President Donald Trump directed FEMA and administration officials to remain in close coordination with the state, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Centre announced on Wednesday evening that a hurricane warning is in effect for Oahu island, as well as Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe.

The storm was in the Pacific about 235 miles south-southwest of the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona early Thursday. Many state workers were sent home indefinitely, according to CNN, and buses had been dispatched to pick up vulnerable people in Honolulu and move them to the state's limited public shelters.

Officials say more than 76cms of rain is possible in some areas, which could mean flooding, unsafe surf of 6m, and a storm surge of up to one metre above normal levels.

WestJet cancels Hawaii flights due to Hurricane Lane