2 people trapped in valley hit by heavy rain

Hurricane Lane from space

Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, dumping 12 inches of rain in as many hours as residents stocked up on supplies and tried to protect their homes ahead of the state's first hurricane since 1992.

Forecasters said the slow-moving storm would generate large swells in the coming days that would produce "very large and damaging surf" on shorelines facing west and south, likely triggering "significant coastal erosion".

The Category 4 storm is expected to weaken a little as it approaches the islands, but the storm is expected to maintain hurricane strength.

A small group of volunteers from Arizona traveled to Hawaii with the American Red Cross on Wednesday to help residents prepare for and recover from an incoming hurricane.

"We want to assure you that federal state and county emergency responders are working in coordination to keep the community safe", Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Wednesday.

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Lane is a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph/240 km/h, with higher gusts. Almost 20 inches of rain has already fallen on portions of the Big Island.

Local Hawaiian officials are urging island residents to be prepared for the absolute worst, and the locals have been heeding the warnings. It is then predicted to move directly toward Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.

Instead, they must stay put and make sure they have enough supplies to outlast prolonged power outages and other potential emergencies. According to The Weather Channel, last year's deadly Hurricane Harvey brought nearly 30 inches of rain in a 24-hour period to Texas.

The massive storm is carrying with it 150-mile per hour winds and is one of the strongest to ever to come this close to the islands. Even before approaching the island, this hurricane has already gone down in the history books.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center graphic.

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Hawaii Police Department listed the following roads as closed: Kamehameha Avenue between Pauahi and Ponahawai, Pauahi Street, Kukila Street, East Kawailani Street from Awapuhi to Nohona Street, Pohaku from 39th to 40th in Orchidland Estates, Bay Front Highway and Laupahoehoe Point Road.

Two campers were reported trapped overnight in Waipio Valley, along the Big Island's northern coast.

President Donald Trump directed FEMA and administration officials to remain in close coordination with the state, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. This sideswipe, however, from the hurricane is expected to bring about 15-20 inches of rain, which could contribute to catastrophic flooding and mudslides.

The downpours could lead to landslides and flooding.

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