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Hawaii residents hunker down as Hurricane Lane approaches

Major Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm, is heading toward Hawaii, forecasters warn

Hurricanes Dot and Iniki, as well as the majority of major hurricanes shown in NOAA's database reached their maximum intensity either far to the south or southeast of the islands. Roofs and walls will collapse.

This is a historic storm.#HurricaneLane is the strongest hurricane to ever threaten Hawaii, and the first Category 5 on record to come this close to the islands. The storm, once a Category 5 hurricane, is now packing maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, which makes it a Category 4 storm, a single digit below the Category 5 threshold.

Tropical-storm-force winds could arrive on Wednesday in the Big Island, and in the smaller islands by Thursday or Friday.

Kauai resident Mike Miranda was 12 when Hurricane Iniki struck the island 26 years ago.

Hurricane Lane strengthened to a category 5 storm on Tuesday as it headed toward Hawaii, where residents prepared for "life threatening" winds and flooding when it hits the U.S. islands this week, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Government weather satellites are watching closely as Hurricane Lane, a massive Category 5 storm, threatens Hawaii.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Bearing 250km/h winds, it threatened to dump as much as 50cm of rain over parts of the islands, triggering major flash flooding and landslides.

Hurricane Lane, which is currently churning out in the Pacific Ocean, is now a Category 4 storm and is poised to make landfall in Hawaii.

The National Weather Service issued severe weather warnings for Northern Utah and Southwest Wyoming on Wednesday morning as flooding in Southern Utah continues. Unlike Hurricane Hector, which skirted the Hawaiian Islands earlier this month, Lane is projected to veer north-northwest and drench the Aloha State's most populated areas.

Sandbags are seen near a stairway at the west end of the Sheraton Waikiki hotel in Honolulu in preparation for Hurricane Lane.

Even if the center of Lane doesn't make landfall, the islands could be walloped with rain and wind.

The hurricane center has posted hurricane warnings for the Big Island and Maui, where tropical-storm-force winds may begin between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

"The president is deeply concerned for the well-being of all Hawaiians and has directed FEMA and administration officials to remain in close coordination with the state of Hawaii and stand ready to support them in whatever they need", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Wednesday.

Ige signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday that will provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering caused by Hurricane Lane.

South Point Road from the Kamaoa Road junction to South Point is closed to all traffic.