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11:37, 26 August 2018

Hurricane Lane, Now a Tropical Storm, Batters Hawaii With Heavy Rain

Hurricane Lane, Now a Tropical Storm, Batters Hawaii With Heavy Rain

Hurricane Lane, Now a Tropical Storm, Batters Hawaii With Heavy Rain

Rainfall totals from Tropical Storm Lane have reached about 4 feet in some components of Hawaii.CreditCreditBruce Omori/European Pressphoto Agency, through Shutterstock

By Mihir Zaveri and Meghan Miner Murray

Tropical Storm Lane drenched parts of Hawaii with about four feet of rain as it crept past the state on Saturday, causing flash floods and prompting evacuations even as it dissipated over the islands&rsquo rugged slopes.

The storm had weakened more than many days from a Category five storm, with maximum winds now reaching up to 60 miles per hour, according to the National Climate Service. But its plodding pace &mdash just three m.p.h. &mdash prolonged the rains. Some 46 inches fell on the eastern side of the Island of Hawaii, exactly where landslides shut down roads and search-and-rescue efforts were underway. Flash flood warnings had been nonetheless in impact on Saturday.

Kelly Wooten, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County Civil Defense, which has been coordinating the emergency response in challenging-hit places on Hawaii Island, mentioned the agency had not but been in a position to assess the harm from the storm. She said police, fire and other departments have been functioning to hold men and women off the roads, as some regions have been nevertheless below water.

Ms. Wooten mentioned no injuries or deaths had been reported so far. The county would be clearing debris and opening closed roads more than the next few days, she added, as it recovered from a series of landslides.

&ldquoOver the final couple of days, it was just one particular after an additional,&rdquo Ms. Wooten mentioned. &ldquoThey would be cleaned up by a road crew and then yet another one particular would take place down the road.&rdquo

Though the storm&rsquos winds are expected to continue weakening, and Lane is expected to turn west ahead of it hits the islands, the Climate Service continued to warn of &ldquolife-threatening flash flooding&rdquo far beyond the storm&rsquos center.

In Hilo, on Hawaii Island, residents on Friday posted photos and videos on social media of streets that had turned into rushing rivers and of automobiles inundated by the floods.

By Saturday morning, low-lying regions of downtown Hilo have been flooded, and the main road along the waterfront, Route 19, was closed and under water. Enormous trees that had been uprooted and stripped of their leaves by the storm have been floating in the bay, and a sports field had turned into a mud slick. But much of the water had receded and numerous shops and firms have been open, even though far more heavy rain was in the forecast.

Published at Sat, 25 Aug 2018 22:54:52 +0000

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