Source: NBC News


Hurricane Lane weakened to a tropical storm Aug. 25 sparing the Hawaiian Islands a worst-case scenario.

Tropical Storm Lane formed in the eastern Pacific on Aug. 15 and became a hurricane the next day. By Aug. 21, Lane had strengthened into a Category 5 storm, making it the strongest hurricane to ever track within 300 miles of Hawaii.

Lane inflicted a glancing blow on the island chain as it weakened and moved west. By early Aug. 27, Tropical Storm Lane was drifting in the central Pacific 520 miles west of Honolulu. 

The Big Island suffered the most severe damage after the storm dumped between two and four feet of rain across parts of the island. Localized flooding led to rescue workers extracting more than 40 people on Aug. 24-25.

Power outages were reported across the island chain, with at least 4,000 Maui residents without electricity as of Aug. 26.

All major roads and the Port of Hilo were open as of Aug. 27, though parts of the island chain were expected to receive heavy rain through the morning of Aug. 28.

One bright spot from the storm is a Maui wildfire that scorched more than 2,000 acres was 80 percent contained after heavy rains soaked the area.

Sources: FEMA, national news organizations.

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