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5 tourists rescued from flooded home as storm hits Hawaii

5 tourists rescued from flooded home as storm hits Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Sirens wailed while workers piled sandbags in front of hotels and police blared warnings to tourists to leave the world-famous Waikiki Beach as Hurricane Lane barreled north after dumping nearly 2 feet of rain on Hawaii’s mostly rural Big Island.

Emergency crews rescued five California tourists from a home they were renting in Hilo after a nearby gulch overflowed and it flooded Thursday.

Hurricane Lane is heading north and packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. This makes it a Category 3 hurricane.

Forecasters say it will move close to or over portions of Hawaii’s main islands heading into Friday, bringing dangerous surf of 20 feet.

Published at Fri, 24 Aug 2018 06:46:52 +0000