Hawaii is currently bracing for a strong category 4 cyclone that is expected to make landfall in the coming days, reports read.
“Just want to remind everyone to prepare to shelter in place 14 days of food and supplies and water,” Hawaii Gov. David Ige said in a CNN report.
Dubbed as Hurricane Lane, this is reportedly the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since 1992, should it make a landfall.
CoastalLiving.com said a Category 4 hurricane has a wind range from 131 to 155 mph. As a result, such may lead to a “catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals.”
“Severe structural damage to frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers should be expected. Category 4 hurricanes often include long-term power outages and water shortages lasting from a few weeks to a few months, so again, it’s important for any remaining residents to have a significant nonperishable food and water supply at hand,” the website added.
“Everyone is starting to buckle down at this point. Our families are here. We have businesses and this and that. You just have to man your fort and hold on tight,” a resident of Kauai said in a report.
Another resident of Honolulu said they are already gathering bags of rice and canned food in preparation for the said hurricane.
Hawaii officials have already opened evacuation area and are reportedly prepared to take in residents, which may serve as their “last resort.” They are also reportedly reaching out to its homeless population, most of which are living along beaches that could be heavily affected by flooding.
Government offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Public schools have also been closed for the rest of the week.
“We expect it to gradually weaken as it gets closer to the islands. That being said, on our current forecast, as of the afternoon on Thursday, we still have it as a major hurricane,” said Meteorologist Chevy Chevalier, adding that Hurricane Lane may be referred to as a Category 3 hurricane come Thursday.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has reportedly issued a disaster declaration last Wednesday, urging concerned government agencies to provide due disaster relief efforts.