Hawaii Hit by Record Rain as Volcanic Threat Continues

Hurricane Lane was moving straight toward Hawaii. (Image via  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Hurricane Lane was moving straight toward Hawaii. (Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

After Hurricane Hector missed Hawaii recently, residents in the region were breathing a sigh of relief that they were able to avoid getting hit by the high-speed winds and torrential rains. However, a new Hurricane, dubbed Lane, battered the otherwise tropical island instead.

While Lane brought in record rainfall levels, it also weakened down on Saturday, becoming “a remnant low” by Sunday.

The picturesque Pacific island “dodged a bullet,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

While Hawaiian residents didn’t face the full fury of a category 3 hurricane, they are still asked to stay alert, as flash floods and landslides remain a threat due to the heavy rains.

All tropical storm warnings and watches regarding Lane have been canceled, according to announcements made by Hawaii’s Governor, David Ice, and the National Weather Service on Saturday.

Hurricane Lane

Last week, Lane was just a tropical storm, but quickly gained speed and turned into a strong hurricane by the weekend. Hurricane Lane was reportedly moving west at a speed of 12 mph, with its direction set to take it into contact with Hilo, Hawaii.

Lane dropped more than 40 inches of rain in some parts of the otherwise tropical island over a period of several days. Many residents had to flee from the life-threatening flash flooding and landslides caused by the heavy downfall.

Calculations had shown the possibility that Hurricane Lane would miss Hawaii by a whisker, but to everyone’s surprise, it hit the island hard.

The conditions in Hawaii are completely in favor of Hurricane Lane strengthening. (Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The conditions in Hawaii were completely in favor of Hurricane Lane strengthening. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

To prepare for the hurricane, Hawaiian residents were asked to ensure that they have an emergency kit ready that would provide them with the necessary food, water, and medicines for a period of at least 14 days. In the case of a hurricane, residents should always check whether their homes are retrofitted with hurricane resistant straps or clips.

Sign up for the local notification system at hnl.info to remain updated with the latest information concerning Hawaii. Tourists are encouraged to check out the tourism authority’s website at www.travelsmarthawaii.com for details about safety precautions to take while in the region.

Volcanic threat

Unfortunately for the residents of Hawaii, hurricanes are not the only natural disaster they have to deal with. The Kilauea volcano has been erupting over the past several weeks. While the volcano has entered a period of lull activity, experts warn that residents should not take it as a sign that the danger has been averted.

While the volcano has entered a period of lull activity, experts warn that the residents should not take it as a sign that the danger has been averted. (Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

While the volcano has entered a period of lull activity, experts warn that residents should not take it as a sign that the danger has been averted. (Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

“A small pond remains in the fissure eight cone; observations yesterday show the pond to be mostly crusted over with a small area glowing. Fissure 8, along with other fissures, continue to release gas… Although a lull in activity continues, it is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely only to reactivate days or weeks later, or longer. Activity could occur at any time,” the Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) said in an interview with Express.

Since becoming active and oozing out lava on May 3, the volcano has decimated over 700 homes in the region and has been non-stop in its appetite to bring about destruction. Experts still feel that it will take weeks or even months to comfortably pass judgment as to whether the summit has collapsed and the eruption has stopped.

Watch a Breaking News update of Hawaii Kilauea Volcano Eruption for August 26.2018:

According to media reports, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruption appears to be officially over, or paused, according to official reports.

“This change indicates that the hazards posed by crater collapse events (at the Kīlauea summit) and lava flows (Lower East Rift Zone; LERZ) are diminished. However, the change does not mean with absolute certainty that the LERZ eruption or summit collapses are over. It remains possible that eruption and collapse activity could resume,” according to a release by the USGS.

Watch a 3D computer model illustrating the structure of Kilauea Volcano:

As both Hurricane Lane and Hawaii’s active volcano simmer down, Hawaiian residents finally get a chance to exhale, as they stay alert for any unfinished weather business.

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