Trump approves federal funding for Hawaii’s Hurricane Lane
HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration for areas affected by Hurricane Lane.
The declaration announced in a statement from the White House Thursday authorizes federal agencies to assist the state's recovery efforts.
The declaration provides federal funding to local governments and some private organizations to help recover from storm damage on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.
The Latest: Warnings dropped as Lane turns away from Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Lane (all times local):
The National Weather Service has dropped all warnings for tropical storm Lane, saying it is now moving away from Hawaii.
The weather service said Saturday the storm has turned west, reducing the threat to the state.
Lane had been a Category 5 hurricane just a few days ago but has been steadily weakening as it neared the islands.
Big Island road projects cut after Hurricane Lane expenses
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials have delayed two road projects and a bus route expansion following the expenses created by Hurricane Lane.
The Hawaii County Council approved a revised budget Wednesday, reallocating the $10 million expected next year from the new surcharge on the state general excise tax, West Hawaii Today reported .
Hurricane damage to county infrastructure totals about $20M
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The damage to Hawaii County facilities from the flooding caused by Hurricane Lane's torrential rains totaled about $20 million, an official said.
The figure is only for county infrastructure and doesn't include damage to state infrastructure such as schools and highways, county Managing Director Wil Okabe said Thursday.
A damaged culvert adjacent to the county's Mohouli Park in Hilo alone is estimated to cost $400,000, Okabe said.
Tropical storm drops light rain as it nears Maui, Big Island
HONOLULU (AP) — Tropical Storm Olivia began dropping light rain Tuesday on Maui and the Big Island as it approached the state and prompted warnings for residents to store drinking water and prepare for possible power outages.
The storm could dump as much as 20 inches of rain on some parts of the islands, said meteorologist Matthew Foster of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Olivia approaches Hawaii with wind, rain
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials urged residents and visitors to be prepared as a strong tropical storm approached the island state.
Olivia was a few hundred miles east of Hilo late Monday with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (115 kph). It was downgraded from a hurricane earlier in the day after wind shear weakened the storm.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell cautioned against complacency, noting tropical storms have led to flooding in Honolulu in recent years.
Q&A: With severe storms approaching US, what to expect?
Emergency officials are urging residents to prepare for severe storms that are forecast to hit the East Coast and Hawaii over the next week at what is the peak of this year's hurricane season.
Coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Florence is expected to make landfall Thursday as a level 3 hurricane or greater, steered by winds that could guide it as far south as Florida or as far north as New England.
The Latest: Hawaii wants last hurricane declared a disaster
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on hurricanes near Hawaii (all times local):
Hawaii Gov. David Ige is asking President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for Hurricane Lane which battered the state last month.
Ige said Thursday the state is seeking help from federal grants and other programs to cover the costs of the storm.
Lane flooded homes and schools and triggered landslides as it dumped torrential rains on the Big Island and Kauai. The hurricane's strong winds fueled wildfires on Maui.
Emergency managers studied Hawaii food supply before storm
HONOLULU (AP) — Emergency managers studied the operations of Hawaii's wholesale grocers in preparation for Hurricane Lane instead of just bringing food and water to the islands.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long says they researched how many days' worth of food was already in the state.
He says FEMA studied how it could keep the private sector food supply pipeline open and how it could provide food and water if that pipeline broke.
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Lane brought record rain to Hawaii, but lost its wallop
Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and nearly 40 people had to be rescued from homes.
There were no deaths from the storm, which had the potential to cause much more destruction.
Here's a look at the storm and its impact on Hawaii.
Hawaii emerges from threat as storm veers away from islands
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii emerged Saturday from the threat of a potentially devastating hurricane after historic amounts of rain forced evacuations on some islands but damage appeared less than feared.
Tropical Storm Lane, once known as Hurricane Lane, began to break apart as it veered west into the open Pacific, leaving behind sighs of relief and plenty of cleanup, especially on the Big Island where rainfall totals approached 4 feet (1.2 meters).
Hurricane Lane weakens to tropical storm
Powerful Hawaii hurricane downgraded to tropical storm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm on Friday as it headed toward the Hawaiian islands. But it still brought torrential rains that immersed a city in waist-deep water and forced people to flee flooding homes, while others jumped off seawalls with boogie boards into the turbulent ocean.
As many dealt with flooding and even brush fires, swimmers and surfers ignored warnings from authorities and plunged into powerful waves at Oahu's famed Waikiki Beach, which was closed.
The Latest: Hawaii hurricane downgraded to tropical storm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Lane (all times local):
The National Weather Service is downgrading a hurricane that has been threatening Hawaii for most of this week to a tropical storm.
But meteorologists warned Friday that heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lane could still bring more flooding and damaging winds to the island chain.
Lane was packing maximum sustained winds close to 70 mph (110 kmph) as it churned slowly west toward Oahu.
Wind-whipped fires burns in Maui ahead of hurricane
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — A wildfire on Maui has likely incinerated homes near the tourist town of Lahaina while forcing people from an evacuation center opened as Hurricane Lane nears the island, officials said Friday.
"It is very likely that homes have been destroyed but our guys are too busy fighting the fire to be able to confirm structure damage," Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said.
5 rescued from flooding as hurricane pelts Hawaii with rain
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii's mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state's biggest city braced for the dangerous storm to come their way.
Emergency workers rescued five people from a flooded house in Hilo after a nearby gulch overflowed, said Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe. They weren't injured and were taken to a shelter, he said.
Latest: Hawaii’s Big Island down to tropical storm warning
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Lane (all times local):
Meteorologists are downgrading the Big Island of Hawaii to a tropical storm warning as Hurricane Lane edges northward toward Honolulu.
That means the National Weather Service expects sustained winds of 39 mph to 73 mph on the island instead of stronger hurricane force winds.
A hurricane warning remains in effect for Oahu and Maui County.
Emergency workers rescued five people from a flooded house on the Big Island.
The Latest: FEMA prepared with food, supplies for Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Lane. (all times local):
An official says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is prepared with several barges with food, water and supplies for Hawaii.
The federal agency moved the supplies into the region ahead of Hurricane Hector, which skirted past the islands more than a week ago.
With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for hurricane
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state.
The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 mph (161 kph), making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
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