Hawaii Braces for Category 4 Hurricane

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There are few to no options where those who are still in Hawaii can evacuate to where they can avoid Hurricane Lane's path.

RAINFALL: Rain bands will continue to overspread the Hawaiian Islands well ahead of Lane. Originally the storm was a category 5 but recently weakened to a category 4. The timing of the decay was uncertain.

"We can't go in because the roads - there's a river of water down there", said Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe.

A sidewalk is ripped up and littered with downed palm trees after Hurricane Iniki slammed the island of Kauai, Hawaii, in September 1992.

"We have been just constantly getting cars filling up".

Okabe says the south shore of the Big Island is seeing 31-foot swells as Hurricane Lane approaches.

UPDATED, 7:10 AM: CBS says Magnum P.I. is shutting down production for today and tomorrow as Hurricane Lane moves in, and Hawaii Five-O is shooting this morning, then shutting down for the rest of the day.

He compared the storm in Hawaii to the floods in Kerala, India, that left at least 324 dead and 220,000 homeless earlier this month.

In response, officials stockpiled such items in hard-to-reach areas such as Hawaii and Alaska. They have to make sure they have enough supplies to outlast prolonged power outages and other potential emergencies.

American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines issued travel advisories to customers flying to or from Hawaii. The federal law requires goods to bypass the state on their way to the mainland before being shipped to Hawaii.

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Hawaii was Category 4 Iniki, which made landfall on Kauai island on Sept 11, 1992, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lane is slowly moving toward the northwest near 7 miles per hour. The same pattern is expected for Oahu. Responsible for destroying almost 1,500 structures and causing about $3 billion in damage, the monster storm left a lasting impact on numerous state's residents - one that remains today.

Officials say more than 76cms of rain is possible in some areas, which could mean flooding, unsafe surf of 6m, and a storm surge of up to one metre above normal levels. Officials are concerned that people have been complacent about preparations.

Authorities are asking people to seek shelter before it's too late or to stay in their homes if they believe those structures can withstand hurricane winds.

America's Pacific paradise is now under a state of emergency as Hurricane Lane soaks the Big Island. 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.

"The 7 miles per hour, I'm telling you, is a real first time for me, a major hurricane at this point of the hurricane that slows", he said. This sideswipe, however, from the hurricane is expected to bring about 15-20 inches of rain, which could contribute to catastrophic flooding and mudslides.