"The approval of the Presidential Disaster Declaration means that Hawai'i will have quick and efficient access to federal resources in the wake of Hurricane Lane, as our communities and residents recover from any damage and losses caused by the storm".
Canadians are advised to avoid "non-essential travel" to Hawaii County, Maui County - including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe, Oahu, and Kauai, according to a government travel advisory.
Flooding and landslides have already shut down key roads across the Big Island, and this will likely occur on other islands as well.
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So rare are big storms in Hawaii's vast oceanic neighborhood that the Democrat governor had to admit the state's shelters are only hardened for much less powerful tropical storms (up to 73 mph).
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.
"Be prepared to shelter in place with 14 days of food supplies and water and any other necessities", Hawaii Gov. David Ige said at a press conference Wednesday.
1992's Hurricane Iniki, which killed six people and damaged 14,000 homes is now the Island's most powerful storm on record.
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President Trump declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as meteorologists predict heavy rain may cause flooding, down trees and cut power as the slow-moving storm unleashes it's power Thursday and Friday.
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Also on Twitter, FEMA strategic planner Michael Lowry said the current forecast for Lane would bring it closer to Oahu than any other hurricane on record. Forecasters predict the storm's risky center could move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands later Thursday or Friday. "No, we got to plan for the worst and hope for the best". Hilo received more than 12 inches of rain in the same period of time.
Another important threat is storm surge. As the hurricane moves northwestward, it is expected to weaken, but its path remains uncertain.
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The National Weather Service said Lane is expected to make a gradual turn toward the northwest Wednesday, followed by a more northward motion into the islands on Thursday. Conditions could trigger a weakening of Lane in the coming days, but it would still be unsafe because it's likely to remain a Category 1 cyclone.