Floods wreak havoc in Hawaii, even as the island avoids getting hit by Hurricane Lane | GBRI

Heavy flooding in Hilo, Hawaii

While Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm over the weekend and moved away from Hawaii, the island was battered by heavy rains that caused flash flooding in many areas.

Mountain View, located on the east side of the island, received a preliminary total of 51.53 inches of rain from Aug. 22-26—the third highest storm total rainfall from a tropical cyclone in the U.S. since 1950.

Lane also dropped 36.76 inches of rain on Hilo Airport, the wettest four-day period ever observed at Hilo, with records dating back to 1949. Hilo also saw 15.00 inches of rain on Aug. 24, the fifth wettest calendar day on record.

“It was almost biblical proportions,” state senator Kai Kahele, who represents the town of Hilo, told NBC News.

Thankfully, there have been no casualties, although authorities rescued 39 people from floodwaters on Friday and Saturday.

Read more here: https://www.ecowatch.com/hawaii-hurricane-lane-flooding-2599467495.html

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