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

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

Lane, a Category 4 storm moving northwest at 7 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, will have its center "move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands" Thursday through Friday, the National Weather Service said Wednesday night local time.

AccuWeather reports that Lane has the potential to be the single-costliest hurricane in recorded history of Hawaii and may end up causing the most expensive hurricane damage in all of the country for the 2018 hurricane season.

"I urge our residents and visitors to take this threat seriously and prepare for a significant impact", the governor said in the proclamation.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for Hawaii and ordered federal authorities to help supplement state and local responses, the White House said on Thursday.

The storm's center, with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph, was in the Pacific about 210 miles south-southwest of the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona around 5 a.m. HT Thursday (11 a.m. ET).

Though the path isn't certain, Hawaii is expecting torrential rain the next few days, potentially causing life-threatening flash floods and landslides.

Cassidy Penny, a spokeswoman with the American Red Cross, said four people from Arizona and one person from El Paso, Texas, were flying to the state ahead of Hurricane Lane, a category 4 storm that was expected to slam into the islands Thursday.

There are fears the extreme weather will trigger deadly flooding and landslides as the storm bears down on the islands.

Lane is prompting warnings for the Big Island, Maui and Oahu as the US Navy is moving its ships and submarines. The watch indicates hurricane conditions are possible and that winds of at least 39 miles per hour are anticipated in the next two days.

Trump issued the declaration on Wednesday. "We don't know where this storm will hit", he said.

CBS says that the safety of the cast and crew are the top priority and that they have been "closely monitoring the situation" since it was determined the hurricane would hit the island on Thursday afternoon.

Through Saturday, 10-15 inches of rain are generally expected, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Lane continues to move northwest and tropical storm conditions were expected to reach the Big Island later Thursday morning with hurricane conditions by nightfall.

"Some people might say, 'Another hurricane, it didn't hit us last time, we don't need to worry, '" he continued.

The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Conditions could trigger a weakening of Lane in the coming days but it would still pose danger as it's likely to remain a Category 1 cyclone.