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DFA tells Filipinos in Hawaii to brace for ‘Hurricane Lane’

DFA tells Filipinos in Hawaii to brace for ‘Hurricane Lane’

The storm is expected to pass close to Hawaii's main islands on Thursday and Friday, bringing "damaging winds" and heavy flooding, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

With winds exceeding 100 miles per hour, Hurricane Lane could be the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

2nd UPDATE, 10:45 AM: CBS now says that production on Season 9 of Hawaii Five-O also has shut down as Hurrican Lane threatens the islands.

Nine military pallets loaded with more than 40,000 pounds of technical search and rescue equipment left with the task force members Wednesday. They have to make sure they have enough supplies to outlast prolonged power outages and other potential emergencies. "I've not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I've seen with this storm".

Hawaiians have been urged to buckle down with supplies as the island prepares to be hit by Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 cyclone.

As Hurricane Lane barrels toward the Hawaiian Islands, people there are bracing for the worst.

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The Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe are under a hurricane watch, with the storm packing winds of up to 160 miles per hour and the potential for flooding rains. Over the course of Thursday, "we are looking at measuring a lot of this rainfall actually in feet rather than inches", said Gavin Shigesato, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, on Thursday. He added government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Federal officials said they were prepared to help people on the islands.

"Whenever possible, the public should plan to shelter in place or stay with family or friends in homes outside of these hazard areas that were designed, built or renovated to withstand anticipated conditions", the city and county of Honolulu said in a statement.

Living in an isolated island state also means the possibility that essential goods can't be shipped to Hawaii if the storm shuts down ports.

Brianna Sugimura, with her children Radon-Kai and Kanaloa, unloads supplies for riding out the storm on the island of Kauai on August 21.

However, the NWS has said that the storm, which is more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) wide, will cause significant risky weather in Hawaii even if it only skirts the state. FEMA Administrator Brock Long said at a news conference on hurricane preparations.


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