President Trump declared a state of emergency in Hawaii as islanders prepare for Hurricane Lane’s arrival. Currently a category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph, meteorologists predict Hurricane Lane could possibly be the worst storm to hit the fiftieth state in decades. 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.
Islanders in Hawaii are hunkering down and were told to go to shelters or stay in place with preparations for up to 14 days. President Trump tweeted a message urging Hawaiians to follow the recommendations from their state and local officials. President Trump’s declaration secures federal emergency response funding as well as Homeland Security and FEMA assistance. Some areas may see as much as several feet of rain pour in through the island.
At this point, Kauai, Honolulu, Maui, and Hawaii counties are under a state of emergency. President Trump cleared the way for 75 percent FEMA funding. FEMA will use their discretion when distributing resources and depending upon the Hurricane Lane’s impact, could expand efforts and resources.
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Though may hurricanes lose strength when making landfall, there is great concern that the slow-moving track of the hurricane will cause more harm, even if the hurricane loses a bit of steam on impact.
It’s the amount of rainfall and the threat of flooding that appears to be the greatest danger of the hurricane. Still, the amount of damage Hurricane Lane will bring remains uncertain and it is always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Hawaii residents are limited to the Island and unless they flew out, have few evacuation options. There are few to no options where those who are still in Hawaii can evacuate to where they can avoid Hurricane Lane’s path.
Many social media networks have been filled with prayers and messages of support, strength, and solidarity for those in Hawaii as they await Hurricane Lane’s arrival.