President Trump issues disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Lane

President Trump issues disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Lane

The storm is moving closer to the Hawaiian islands with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour and forecasters say it's "on course to pass very close" to the islands or make landfall from Thursday through Friday. The Atlantic or Eastern Pacific usually see many more storms.

Jimeno said Governor David Ige has issued an emergency proclamation for the entire state to mobilize emergency agencies ahead of the hurricane, which has been described as the most unsafe weather phenomenon to hit Hawaii in 25 years.

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

Residents of the Big Island are already rattled by the three-month eruption of Kilauea volcano, which has forced thousands of residents from their homes and engulfed hundreds of structures in lava.

Dangerous, hurricane-force winds were expected to hit the Big Island overnight and slam Maui Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

Tropical storm conditions, with winds of 73 miles per hour (118 kph), were expected to reach the Big Island, Hawaii's easternmost major island, later Thursday morning, with hurricane conditions possible later in the day.

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

Oahu island, which includes the capital Honolulu and most of the state's population, is under a hurricane warning, along with Maui County and Hawaii County. The islands of Kauai and Niihau remained on hurricane watch and could face similar conditions starting Friday morning. "We don't know where this storm will hit", he said. David Ige urged residents to be as prepared as possible for the hurricane that is expected to make landfall in the coming days.

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.

Because there's not enough shelter space statewide, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Tom Travis urged people who were not in flood zones to stay home. "We are grateful to the President and FEMA for the swift approval of our request as our state braces for the severe weather ahead", the governor said.

Rain is expected to accumulate to 10 to 20 inches and more than 30 inches in certain areas, the NWS said.

Hurricane Lane is fast approaching the Hawaiian islands.

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