Hawaii Residents Bracing For The Worst Of Hurricane Lane

The Category 3 hurricane already dumped about 20 inches of rain on Hawaii's Big Island.
Posted at 8:37 AM, Aug 24, 2018

Hawaii residents are feeling the impact of Hurricane Lane — and waiting to see how much worse it will get.

The storm, which weakened to a Category 3 on Thursday, dumped about 20 inches of rain within 24 hours on Hawaii's Big Island. The state's governor tweeted all of that water has led to "catastrophic flooding."

The Weather Channel reports Lane "will make its closest approach" to the islands overnight Friday into Saturday. Maui and Oahu are in that path.

It's currently a waiting game to see if the hurricane will make a direct hit. If it does, Lane would be only the third hurricane to ever make landfall on the Aloha State — and the first in more than 25 years.

But even if the hurricane's eye doesn't pass over the state, forecasters warn its 120 mile-per-hour winds can still cause serious damage.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.