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Hurricane Lane downgraded to Category 2: Flash Flood Watch continues for all of Hawaii

Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a Category 2 status, with the threat of extremely heavy rainfall and flash flooding continuing.

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Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a Category 2 status, with the threat of extremely heavy rainfall and flash flooding continuing to be the biggest threat to people and property statewide.

As of 11:00 a.m. HST, the center of Hurricane Lane was located approximately 155 miles south of Honolulu, with the massive storm moving slowly north at 5 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. The hurricane continues to be weakened and slowed by the combined effects of strong wind shear and trade winds moving in a southerly direction.

Widespread rainfall of 10 to 15 inches is forecasted statewide, with some isolated areas potentially receiving up to 30 inches of rainfall, as Hurricane Lane continues its slow pass along the south shores of the Hawaiian Islands. The island of Hawaii has already been inundated with rainfall and reports of flash flooding in several areas, particularly on the island’s east side.

Tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall are forecasted to reach Maui, Lanai and Molokai this afternoon, Oahu by late tonight, and Kauai on Saturday.

“Throughout this weekend, staying safe needs to be everyone’s top priority,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “Hurricane Lane is moving slowly but continues to be very dangerous. Don’t get complacent, don’t take risks, and don’t test Mother Nature. We are urging everyone to stay inside, stay off the beaches and stay off the roads until the hurricane has passed.”

Along with heavy rainfall, flash flooding and high winds, civil defense officials are advising residents and visitors to stay away from the beaches to avoid dangerous surf conditions and a storm surge caused by the hurricane.

Residents and visitors are advised to shelter in place while Hurricane Lane is passing the Hawaiian Islands and to have access to a 14-day supply of food and water. Shelters are opened statewide for those needing to evacuate flood zone areas. A listing of shelters is below, along with resources for information about Hurricane Lane, and closures of parks, attractions and roads.

Visitors planning to travel to or who are already here in the Hawaiian Islands should contact their airlines, accommodations and activity providers for information on being prepared and make adjustments to travel plans as needed.

Weather Information

Up-to-date online information on the trek of Hurricane Lane is available at the following:

National Weather Service Forecast

Central Pacific Hurricane Center 

Hurricane Preparedness

Real Time Satellite Image 

Emergency Notifications

The public can sign up to receive emergency notifications at the following webpages:

County of Hawaii 

City & County of Honolulu

County of Kauai 

County of Maui

Hurricane Lane Evacuation Shelter List for the State of Hawaii

City and County of Honolulu

Aiea High School

Leilehua High School

Radford High School

Waialua High and Intermediate School

Dole Middle School

Farrington High School

Kaimuki Middle School

Kaiser High School

Kalani High School

McKinley High School

Stevenson Middle School

Campbell High School

Kapolei High School

Leihoku Elementary School

Nanakuli High and Intermediate School

Pearl City High

Waipahu High School

Brigham Young University Hawaii

Castle High School

Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School

County of Maui

Hana High and Elementary School

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Ballroom

Lahaina Christian Fellowship Church

Lahaina Intermediate School

Lanai High and Elementary School

Lokelani Intermediate School

King Kekaulike High School

Maui High School

Molokai High School

County of Hawaii

Hookena Elementary School

Kamehameha Park Hisaoka Gym (Pet Friendly)

Kealakehe High School (Pet Friendly)

Konawaena High School Gym

Waiakea High School

Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School

County of Kauai

Kilauea Gym

Kilauea Elementary School

Church of the Pacific in Princeville

For a listing of road closures statewide, please refer to the Hawaii State Department of Transportation Highways Division’s website.

For tourism updates please visit the Alerts page of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Travelers planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands who have questions can contact the Hawaii Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800-GOHAWAII (1-800-464-2924).


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