Schools and businesses close and state declares emergency as islands face rare category 4 storm

Hawaii has weathered its share of natural disasters in 2018 – first flooding on Kauai, then volcanic eruptions and earthquakes on the Big Island of Hawaii – and things aren’t over yet. Now, residents on the islands are stocking up and bracing for gale-force winds, waves and rain as Hurricane Lane heads their way.

The rare category 4 hurricane comes just two weeks after another, Hurricane Hector, threatened to pound the island chain, but passed to the south, inflicting almost no damage.

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