With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for Hurricane Lane

Powerful Hurricane Lane lumbers toward Hawaii as residents prepare

Camera IconThe storm boasts winds of 250km/h.

The Hawaiian government has opened shelters in key population areas on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai, other shelters are ready to open if needed.

Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm in the central Pacific Ocean with 150 miles per hour (241 km/h) winds, is now lashing Hawaii with rain and tropical-storm-force winds from its outer bands as it approaches the state, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Hurricane Lane has brought more than a foot of rain to some parts of the Big Island which is under a flash flood warning.

Mark Antolin and his son load sand to fill sand bags into his truck as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. August 22, 2018.

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.

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. Forecasters predict the storm's unsafe center could move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands later Thursday or Friday.

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The National Weather Service said Lane is expected to make a gradual turn toward the northwest Wednesday, followed by a more northward motion into the islands on Thursday.

David Ige urged residents to be as prepared as possible for the hurricane that is expected to make landfall in the coming days.

The National Weather Service said tropical-storm-force winds could begin as early as Wednesday afternoon on the Big Island.

President Trump declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as meteorologists predict heavy rain may cause flooding, down trees and cut power as the slow-moving storm unleashes it's power Thursday and Friday.

Loren, right, and Ruby Aquino, of Honolulu, load water into their vehicle ahead of Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Honolulu.

Forecasters say Lane's impact on the islands could be severe, no matter which path the hurricane takes. "We're planning for the worst", he said, "and hoping for the best".

More than 20 inches of rain is expected in some locations forecasters said. The ships will remain at sea until the storm threat passes. Conditions could trigger a weakening of Lane in the coming days, but it would still be unsafe because it's likely to remain a Category 1 cyclone.

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