Maui grapples with brush fires and Big Island suffers torrential rains in the first hurricane to hit state since 1992

In a rush of wind, rain, and even fire, Hurricane Lane battered the Hawaiian islands on Friday, hitting the Big Island and Maui the hardest and leaving thousands without power.

On the Big Island, torrential rains dumped 35in over 48 hours. The coastal town of Hilo saw flash floods that prompted many residents to fortify their doors with sandbags and stay at home. Situated less than an hour’s drive from the erupting Kilauea volcano, the town has suffered serious hits to its $2.4bn tourism industry as visitors cancel vacations and cruise ships reroute to other locations to avoid the eruptions.

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