Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Tropical storm Miriam could become hurricane, move near Hawaii

Tropical storm Miriam could become hurricane, move near Hawaii

The total rainfall dumped on Mountain View in east Hawaii through early Sunday was 51.5 inches, the National Weather Service's preliminary total shows.

The center of Lane is now located about 430 miles southwest of Lihue, Hawaii, the CPHC said Monday.

The formation of Miriam comes after Hawaii was hit earlier this week by near-record amounts of rain from Tropical Storm Lane.

The National Weather Service dropped all warnings for Lane, but a local flash-flood warning remained in effect.

Lane dropped 52.02 inches of rain on Mountain View, Hawaii, over four days, making it the second-highest storm rainfall total in US history, the National Weather Service said.

The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and almost 40 people had to be rescued from homes. And the 15 inches of rain that fell Friday was the fifth-highest calendar day total for Hilo on record.

Some 200 people have called to report some kind of damage, mostly on the east side of the Big Island, said county Managing Director Wil Okabe.

State. Sen Kai Kahele spent the weekend surveying flood damage at an elementary school.

Thousands were left without power after torrential downpour dumped 35 inches of rain across Big Island in just 48 hours. Six classrooms are displaced while crews clean up. Scattered rain has continued to fall on much of Hawaii, but relief is on the way, forecasters say. "Four feet of water in three days overwhelmed even the best infrastructure and the best storm drains and plans".

The county also says that while all major roads are open, some highways have been reduced to a single lane for repairs.

"Drier, more typical trade wind weather is expected to move in from east to west across the state on Tuesday", says the NWS office in Honolulu, "with quite comfortable weather expected Wednesday through Friday with noticeably lower humidity levels".

Catarine Zaragoza-Dodge, owner of The Locavore Store in Hilo, was feeling grateful her shop fared better than others. "People are exhausted of being wet".

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