We live on the small town of Kihei in the Island of Maui. It is possible, my 10 year old son, who is in the “in” with his friends here, while they are off school, that we will be hit directly by it in the next few hours.
We have made some preparations by purchasing some emergency food and water. However, as of yesterday, there was not an ounce of milk to be found in Walmart.
Today, we will head for the hills. Our kind church in Pukalani, a town located abaut 20 miles from Kihei, has offered to allow us to shelter there during the worst part of the storm. We are a bit scared but excited. We were hit with the last hurricane to hit Florida in 2017 during our stay in Naples, Florida. That was really scary. So, we decided to come to Maui, where we thought we would be safe.
Nevertheless, we feel safer there than in Florida, even though the Red Cross in the small town where we lived, Ave Maria, did a wonderful job of sheltering about 1,000 people, and we all got along wonderfully well.
Here is the full report as of 2:PM Wednesday afternoon, Hawaii Standard Time.
Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii as Category 4 storm originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Hurricane Lane is taking aim at Hawaii as a Category 4 storm with fierce winds of up to 155 mph.
The storm had reached Category 5 level, but weakened early Wednesday.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the Big Island and Maui, while a hurricane watch is in place for Oahu and Kauai.
All public schools on the Big Island and Maui, where we presently live, will be closed starting Wednesday until further notice, said Gov. David Ige. Our boys 10 and 8 are thrilled. They have improvised a school rec center right in front of our apartment where all their friends are playing earth surfing, as they come down the 2nd floor of our apartment complex with a made up surf board.
The neighborhood is alive with kids, aloof of what may be coming in the next few hours. All adults love seeing the kids playing in their neighborhood. (We live in the Paradise Garden Apt. in Kihei).
Several major airlines have issued weather waivers for Hawaiian airports, in advance of any damage.
The path of the storm has shifted west, so a direct hit is not expected, but it could bring hurricane-force winds and waves up to 20 feet.
Hawaii could see more than 20 inches of rain over the next several days from this hurricane, which could lead to dangerous flash flooding and landslides.
The storm is expected to remain a Category 4 into Thursday, before rapidly weakening will begin once it reaches the cooler water near the islands.
Hurricane Lane will pass near Maui and Oahu as a Category 2 which could still bring hurricane conditions to those areas on Friday before it weakens further to a tropical storm and moves out to sea on Saturday.
Though the forecast may change, federal emergency preparations are underway.
“What is certain is that Hawaii is going to be impacted and see torrential rains in the next couple of days,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long said at a news conference Wednesday.
U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii are heading out to sea ahead of Hurricane Lane.
The early departure will give the ships and subs “enough time to transit safely out of the path of the storm,” according to Rear Adm. Brian Fort, who commands the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.
It’s rare for hurricanes to hit Hawaii because an area of high pressure that sits to the northeast of the islands steers the hurricanes away. This high pressure is the strongest from May through October, which is also prime hurricane season.
Hawaiian islands are also surrounded by cool water and tropical cyclones need ocean water temperatures to exceed 80 degrees to strengthen.
On record, there are only two hurricanes that have made landfall in Hawaii and both were on Kauai: Category 1 Dot hit in 1959 and catastrophic Category 4 Iniki came ashore in 1992.
In 1982, Category 1 Iwa made a major impact on Kauai, but because its eye did not hit the island, it wasn’t counted as officially making landfall there.
We hope to report more as the hurricane passes in he next few days. Until then, good night and have a safe week and weekend where ever you might be living in this beautiful world.
Part of this report has been taken as Courtesy of ABC News’ Gio Benitez and Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.
ABC News’ Gio Benitez and Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.