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Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii with 'Biblical' rains

by Audrey McAvoy and Caleb Jones / AP 27 Aug 2018 07:33 PDT
Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii with 'Biblical' rains ©

A once-powerful hurricane twisted and drifted away from Hawaii, leaving behind heavily saturated ground on the Big Island and many residents on other islands relieved it didn't wreak more havoc.

Firefighters on the Big Island rescued 39 people from floodwaters Friday through early Saturday as the island grappled with the nearly four feet (1.2 meters) of rain from Tropical Storm Lane, formerly Hurricane Lane, dumped on the eastern part of the island over the course of three days.

In Honolulu, where the storm deposited only a few inches of rain, shopkeepers removed plywood from their windows and reopened for business.

The National Weather Service canceled all storm warnings for the state.

Preliminary figures from the weather service show that Lane dropped the fourth-highest amount of rain for a hurricane to hit the United States since 1950. Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Texas a year ago, topped the list.

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