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Rain, winds lash Hawaii as Hurricane Lane nears

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Hurricane Lane lashed Hawaii with high winds and torrential rain, causing flash floods, landslides and raging surf as residents hunkered down to ride out the storm.

Jillian Kitchener reports.


Rain, winds lash Hawaii as Hurricane Lane nears

Torrential downpours are causing rivers to rage on Hawaii's Big Island, as Hurricane Lane churns in the nearby Pacific.

... bringing catastrophic flooding, high winds, some landslides and heavy surf to the islands.

The eye of the storm was recorded Friday morning some 160 miles southwest of Kailua-Kona, packing wind speeds of 120 mph, and officials say, it's moving north.

(SOUNDBITE) NOAA LIAISON TO FEMA, STEVE GOLDSTEIN, SAYING: "The hurricane will pass dangerously close to the Hawaiian island chain.

Through the day today, into tonight and Saturday... Dangerous flooding will continue on the Big Island.

The threat for tropical storm force or even hurricane force winds will continue for the next 24 to 36 hours, especially at the higher elevations." The governor of Hawaii has urged residents to set aside a 14-day supply of water, food and medicines.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency.

(SOUNDBITE) FEMA ADMINISTRATOR BROCK LONG, SAYING: "Citizens need to realize that we're looking at major hurricane impacts and things are going to break and we need to set the expectations that the power could go off for quite some time and the infrastructure is going to be heavily impacted." The storm is the second major natural threat to hit Hawaii this year.

In May, the Kilauea volcano began erupting, destroying hundreds of homes on the Big Island.

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