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2018 Hurricane Lane: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

Hurricane Lane, now a tropical storm, brought heavy rains, wind, and high surf to the Hawaiian islands. The storm system caused catastrophic flooding after it dumped as much as 40 inches of rain in parts of the state. Landslides were also reported.

Lane approached the Big Island as a Category 4 hurricane, but did not make landfall. By Saturday, Aug. 25, the storm was downgraded to a Category 2. Lane brought massive amounts of rain to densely populated Oahu, but turned sharply west and skirted the islands. By Monday, Aug. 27, the storm had weakened to a tropical storm and had blown into the open ocean more than 500 miles west of Honolulu.

Lane was briefly a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of more than 160 mph.

FAQs: Hurricanes and Hawaii

Explore frequently asked questions about hurricanes and Hawaii, including how you can help people affected by hurricanes like Lane. World Vision assisted more than 261,000 people in the U.S. in 2017 and through July 31, 2018 through our responses to disasters like successive hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

When was Hawaii last hit by a hurricane?

The last hurricane to affect Hawaii was Hurricane Ana, a Category 1 storm that touched the small island of Niihau in 2014. The latest significant hurricane was Category 4 Iniki that hit the island of Kauai in 1992. That storm killed six people and caused $3.1 billion in damages. Hurricane John in 1994 was the last Category 5 storm to pass through the islands, although it never came as close as Lane.


Are hurricanes common in Hawaii?

With a small landmass in the big Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is not a big target. Also, the high-pressure feature that most often occurs on the northeast of the island, giving Hawaii its consistently pleasant weather, is strong from May to October — prime hurricane season. Deep, cool waters around the islands also help to moderate tropical storms.


How can I help people affected by hurricanes and other disasters?

Pray: As a Christian development and disaster relief organization, World Vision asks others to join in prayer for people affected by Hurricane Lane. Almighty Father, we ask for your care and protection for people in the path of Hurricane Lane. Give them the assurance of your presence and equip those who provide relief and assistance after the storm passes.


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