HONOLULU (AP) Hurricane Lane barreled toward Hawaii on Friday, dumping torrential rains that caused flooding on the Big Island as people stocked up on supplies and piled sandbags to shield oceanfront businesses against the increasingly violent surf.
The Category 2 storm was expected to turn west today before reaching the islands and skirting Oahu the states most populated island. Even without making a direct hit, the system threatened to bring a huge storm surge, high wind and heavy rain, forecasters said.
Theres a lot of uncertainty in this forecast, warned Federal Emergency Management Administrator Brock Long, explaining that the rain would continue for the next two to three days. We hope all citizens are heeding the warning that local officials are putting out.