Published: Mon, August 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Jurassic Park filming location in Hawaiishuts down before Hurricane Lane hits

Jurassic Park filming location in Hawaiishuts down before Hurricane Lane hits

Schools and offices were closed as residents took shelter from the storm, which was downgraded to category three strength on Thursday.

Some of the areas affected include Oahu, Maui County, Kauai and the Big Island.

The NWS reported that parts of the Big Island are now submerged in 2 feet (0.6 m) of rushing floodwater and that rain accumulation up to 40 inches (100 centimeters) is expected in some areas by the end of the weekend. "Tropical storm or hurricane conditions are possible on Kauai starting late Friday or Friday night", the NWS said.

Much of Hawaii is under hurricane watches and warnings as Hurricane Lane approaches.

Though the hurricane had been downgraded to a tropical storm, maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour brought warnings of potential damage as it moved west toward the island of Oahu.

Lane weakened to a Category 2 storm on Friday but is still a powerful, slow-moving system that meteorologists say could be devastating to Hawaii, a state that hasn't been pummeled by a hurricane in almost a quarter-century.

"I've not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I've seen with this storm", he said in the proclamation.

"The question is how bad", Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long said earlier in the week. "So right now it looks like Lane isn't going to hit the islands, but you never know", said Dan Demares, a property manager for several rental homes on the big Island of Hawaii.

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Lane is now a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. The outer bands of Hurricane Lane are pummeling the island with more than a foot of rain.

"We urge our guests to follow all emergency response instructions provided by local authorities", the statement said.

Torrential rain is lashing Hawaii as Hurricane Lane barrels towards the archipelago, threatening to be the first hurricane to make landfall there since 1992.

By Friday morning, more than 60cm of rain had fallen in 36 hours on the Big Island's windward side, where the National Weather Service reported "catastrophic flooding" and gusts peaking at 108km/h. Hawaiian airlines announced it was canceling flights on Friday by one of its commuter partners.

Kaipo Popa secures plywood to protect windows on a home in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Aug. 22, 2018, in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Experts warned of "whiteout conditions" - steam loaded with particles and toxic gases produced when cool moisture hits lava - as the storm passes. "There are so many other factors that will cause damage", Ballard told HuffPost.

"A lot of people who moved here and never experienced a hurricane, they're the ones rushing to the store", he said.

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