‘Life threatening impacts are likely in some areas as the hurricane makes its closest approach,’ National Weather Service warns.
is threatening a direct hit on and could become the most powerful storm to reach the archipelago in a quarter of a century.
Schools, governments and businesses have closed while residents stocked up on food, water and other supplies and boarded up homes.
The hurricane, classified as a powerful Category 4 storm, was packing sustained winds of up to 145mph (230 km/h) and could dump as much as 20in of rain over parts of the US Pacific island state, triggering flash flooding and landslides, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned.
Hawaii’s governor confirmed Donald Trump has approved a request for emergency aid as Hurricane Lane approaches the islands.
David Ige said the presidential disaster declaration means Hawaii will have easy access to federal resources as communities recover from any damage or losses caused by the hurricane.
The declaration authorises the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance for emergency measures required to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety.