After Lane, Hawaii’s Big Island Cleans Up

After Lane, Hawaii’s Big Island Cleans Up

After Lane, Hawaii’s Big Island Cleans Up

People look out over the ocean along Waikiki Beach in a light rain from Tropical Storm Lane, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Honolulu.

Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim says the assessments his team is now conducting will help determine if the county qualifies for federal aid to fix roads and other public infrastructure, and also whether residents will meet the requirements for FEMA individual assistance.

The flooded stream took over a road near Hilo, Hawaii, on August 23, 2018. The family said the heavy rains and flooding forced them to scramble to a higher property when water started pouring into their home.

There were no deaths from the storm, which had the potential to cause much more destruction.

However, by then torrential showers had drenched the windward side of Hawaii's Big Island for more than two days, unleashing severe flooding and mudslides that forced multiple road closures and damaged or destroyed a number of homes and other structures, authorities said. But then it slowed down, moving as slow as 2 miles per hour at times.

But the storm brought record rainfall. Some areas saw more than four feet of rain from Wednesday through Sunday.

This auto became submerged in floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on August 23, in Hilo, Hawaii.

Rain was still falling on the Big Island, and the total could still increase.

Ahead of Lane, Hawaii residents had spent days stocking up on food, water, gasoline and batteries and boarding up their windows. The canal marks the northern boundary of the Waikiki tourist district.

The National Weather Service dropped all warnings for Lane, but a local flash-flood warning remained in effect.

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Onlookers watch large waves crash on the rocks at Wawamalu Beach Waimanalo as the seas are stirred up by Tropical Storm Line

Upper-level winds known as shear swiftly tore Lane apart south of Honolulu.

"I came in to visit, got here just in time for the hurricane", Bowden said.

Lane was downgraded to a tropical storm at 2 p.m. In fact, it's been in a continuous state of eruption since 1983, and it opened up several vents beginning in May. The observatory also lost communication with some monitoring stations.

One of the island's volcanoes is erupting, and the rain could still cause whiteout conditions on some active lava fields when it hits the molten rock and boils off as steam.

Officials with the Department of Land and Natural Resources transferred about 2,000 rare Hawaiian snails from a mountain marsh to offices in downtown Honolulu on Oahu, the state's most populated island.

In Waikiki, the man-made Ala Wai Canal was likely to flood if predicted rains arrive, said Ray Alexander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"We dodged a bullet", he said at a news conference on Friday.

County, state and federal officials remain ready to respond to anyone in need of help.

On Saturday, the National Weather Service warned of "life threatening" flash flooding and landslides, with the slow-moving powerful storm bearing down south of Honolulu. One woman was injured and flown to Honolulu for treatment.

"Just devastation we had a lot of rain. the wind wasn't bad, but the rain was bad", said Joe Bandiero, a Big Island resident.

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