The National Weather Services warns: "Hurricane Lane will also bring other life threatening conditions with damaging winds, unsafe surf, coastal storm surge and intense flooding rains through Saturday".
"Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Lane is expected to remain a hurricane as it draws closer to the islands", the NWS said. The outer bands of Hurricane Lane are pummeling the island with more than a foot of rain.
"We essentially have one way in and out of our towns so sheltering in place is the priority", he said on Twitter.
Pablo Akira Beimler, who lives on the coast in Honokaa on the Big Island, said roads had been cut off by landslides.
And on Saturday, a new threat also emerged: two bush fires broke out on Maui, fanned by the storm's strong wind gusts.
Hawaii has had warnings about hurricanes before, though the last storm with significant damage was Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
There are already reports of flooding and landslips on the Big Island of Hawaii which is being buffeted by heavy rain from Hurricane Lane which continues to edge closer to the islands from the south.
Ken Boyer, a photographer based on the Big Island, told HuffPost he's seen "at least 30" homes that have been flooded while surveying neighborhoods in Hilo on Thursday ― and he suspects more homes have been flooded.
In nearly six decades, only two hurricanes have made landfall on the Hawaiian islands: Hurricane Dot in 1959, and Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
With maximum sustained winds slowing to 155 miles per hour, Lane was downgraded from a Category 5 storm to the Category 4 level on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale as it surged westerly across the Pacific Ocean.
"Our teams are closely coordinating with the state and local authorities". People stood on a bridge during a break in the rain to capture video and pictures, still hopeful the storm will soften it's blow.
In Hawaii, Hurricane Lane is beginning to bear down.
Counties in Hawaii have been opening shelters, although there have been fears that there are not enough, and some of those opened were not designed or reinforced to withstand forces greater than a tropical storm.
About 200 miles and several islands to the northwest, along Honolulu's tourist-heavy Waikiki Beach, some shopkeepers removed plywood from windows in anticipation of reopening.
United, Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines have canceled some or all global and domestic flights.
President Donald Trump called Ige, the White House said, to offer support and discuss preparedness and emergency measures.
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