Hawaii has always been the quintessential American paradise. It’s where we go when we get to go somewhere, but 2018 has not been all that kind to the Aloha State.
First, there was the ridiculous threats being posed by Kim Jong Un and his despotic regime in North Korea. Not only had the dictator popped off several rockets capable of reaching our American island chain, but he had threatened several times to do just that. Then, embarrassingly, missile detection systems in Hawaii issued a false alert that pinged nearly all of the cell phones on the Island, sending the population into a panic for several minutes before a correction could be issued.
Not long after that mishap, the islands began to rumble. Mount Kilauea would soon erupt, spewing fire and ash for mile. Lava flows would soon be seen on social media swallowing entire Ford Mustangs and neighborhoods.
As Kilauea continues to pump molten rock forth from the inner core of our planet, Hawaii is now preparing for something wicked coming their way: A category 5 hurricane.
Major Hurricane Lane is forecast to close in on Hawaii and threaten lives and property on the islands due to pounding surf, flash flooding, mudslides and strong winds.
There is the possibility of Lane making a direct hit on one or more of the islands late this week and into this weekend.
The farther west Lane tracks prior to making an anticipated northward turn for a time may lower the severity of impacts. The ultimate severity of impacts will depend on the exact track and strength of Lane.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation in advance of the hurricane. Some schools have also been closed until further notice.
Accuweather goes on to state that residents and tourists alike should prepare for the worst, in spite of some reports that show a weakening storm and a less direct path toward the islands.