Sirens wailed while workers piled sandbags in front of hotels and police blared warnings to tourists to leave the world-famous Waikiki Beach as Hurricane Lane barreled north after dumping nearly 2 feet of rain on Hawaii’s mostly rural Big Island.
Emergency crews rescued five California tourists from a home they were renting in Hilo after a nearby gulch overflowed and it flooded Thursday.
Hurricane Lane is heading north and packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. This makes it a Category 3 hurricane.
Forecasters say it will move close to or over portions of Hawaii’s main islands heading into Friday, bringing dangerous surf of 20 feet.