Space Station captures images of hurricane approaching Hawaii

Three-day forecast track for Hurricane Lane issued 11 a.m. Wednesday

The storm is expected to pass close to Hawaii's main islands on Thursday and Friday, bringing "damaging winds" and heavy flooding, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

Paradise looks different when a fierce hurricane is raging along its shores. He and others put tape and boards over the business' windows, and lined the exterior with sandbags. A vacationing mother looking for rest and relaxation instead tries to comfort her children, telling them that "fancy winds" might disrupt their long-awaited trip, but that they'll be okay.

Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm in the central Pacific Ocean with 150 miles per hour (241 km/h) winds, is now lashing Hawaii with rain and tropical-storm-force winds from its outer bands as it approaches the state, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Since there is not much lava reaching the ocean anymore, the hurricane shouldn't have too much of an impact on the volcano region, according to Denison University Geophysicist Erik Klemetti.

"I would be very happy to say well, it was another near miss".

"This is a sign of things to come", he forecast. While hurricanes are common along the Gulf Coast, the Eastern Seaboard and in the Caribbean, tropical cyclones are nearly unheard of in Hawaii. "We have about nine cases of water because we're having family stay with us as well, so one case per person". Manila also bought another four cans of Spam and a 20-pound bag of rice.

Paul Akamine fills propane tanks for customers as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii.

The storm's center, with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph, was in the Pacific about 210 miles south-southwest of the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona around 5 a.m. HT Thursday (11 a.m. ET).

CALGARY-Hurricane Lane's path toward Hawaii has forced WestJet to cancel all inbound flights to the islands for the next two days. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin on Oahu late tonight, with hurricane conditions expected Friday into Friday night.

Puaoi was 12 when Iniki hit Hawaii.

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Tropical-storm-force winds - 39-73 miles per hour - and rain could be seen on portions of the Big Island and Maui County on Thursday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. This is expected to lead to major, life-threatening flash flooding and landslides over all Hawaiian Islands. It killed six people and damaged or destroyed more than 14,000 homes.

The state has published a guide on storm preparedness for Hawaiians.

"Someone once told me it wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark", American Red Cross vice-president Brad Kieserman told a news conference in Washington. Kieserman said that between the floods and Kilauea's volcanic eruptions earlier this year, the Red Cross and government agencies have "a lot of experience" preparing for disaster.

"That means that readiness is important - readiness to make sure we can fulfil our responsibility and the critical infrastructure lifelines". Public transportation is being provided to help resident find shelters. We have businesses and this and that.

"We have disaster mental health professionals who are going and can provide support for people".

The president ordered federal assistance to aid the state and local response efforts to Hurricane Lane, which strengthened as it approached Hawaii.

"It's pretty tough to juggle all that", Magno said.

On the island of Lanai, it was eerily dead still and grey, said Nick Palumbo II, who owns Lanai Surf School and Safari. "This boutique is my livelihood".

"There's nothing in there", said one shopper leaving the store.

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