Category 4 Hurricane Lane barrels toward Hawaii

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But it's the Big Island - the easternmost island in the chain - that has been hammered hardest by rain. More than 34 inches fell in one spot over the past few days, causing serious flooding, landslides and road closures.

The National Weather Service said Lane, packing winds of up to 200 kph (124 mph), was not projected to make a direct hit on the islands yet is expected to pass near or over parts of the main Hawaiian Islands Friday.

"It is unnerving", said Jennifer Semenza. That should happen by Saturday morning, but if it doesn't, wind conditions on land will be more risky. Hurricane-force winds extend 35 miles from the storm's center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend 125 miles from the center.

Ige revealed government offices would be closed Thursday and Friday as the storm approaches. Still, many tourists are seeking shelters.

Although Lane is weakening, rains, and resulting floods and mudslides, remain a major concern.

Lane however should have little effect on the eruption "aside from minor rockfalls at the summit and increased steaming" from two vents, the US Geological Survey said.

"Lane, while it has been downgraded, is wide and very moist".

PREVIOUS, Wednesday, 7:23 PM: As Hurricane Lane moves in on Hawaii, the productions of Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. may be affected by the storm, but as of now, they are going to continue to shoot as planned.

"We have taken steps to reduce fares beyond what a regular last-minute fare would be", United spokesman Frank Benenati told CNBC, saying passengers "traveling to, from or through areas" affected by the hurricane can waive their change fees and difference in airfare.

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The estimated 300,000 tourists who have decided stay in the USA state as Lane approaches likely won't be spending their time on the beach, however. Mazie Hirono said Thursday. Hawaii News Now reported this week, that some shelters can't even withstand a Category 1 storm.

Water levels on the Wailuku River rose 5 feet in 3 hours late Thursday, with the Hawaii Police Department and fire companies recommending evacuations across the Big Island.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has prepared stocks of food, water, generators and other supplies to support the state during emergency conditions.

"If it's really catastrophic, you see things such as dehydration, exhaustion, infections", Dr. Leslie Chun of the Queen's Medical Center told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now.

The Category 2 storm had winds of about 110 miles per hour, with stronger gusts.

He said Honolulu, the state's capital and largest city, is especially vulnerable to floods and landslides because it is partly ringed by mountains. It was forecast to turn west on Saturday, lose some of its punch and move more quickly.

In Maui, a fast-growing wildfire forced the evacuation of homes and an emergency shelter set up for the storm in Lahaina, where no rain was yet falling, officials said. "Tropical storm or hurricane conditions are possible on Kauai starting late Friday or Friday night", the NWS said.

Because people in Hawaii can't evacuate during a hurricane like people in Florida or Texas, they have to make sure they have enough supplies to outlast power outages and other potential emergencies.

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