"Hawaii is a small target in the big ocean, so it just has to be really good timing and the conditions have to be right for us to get a direct hit", Eric Lau, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu, told the Associated Press in 2014, when two hurricanes were aimed at the islands (they missed).
By Thursday morning here, the storm was about 200 miles south-southwest of Kona on the Big Island, carrying winds of 130 mph, according to The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang. Landslides blocked parts of Highway 19, a thoroughfare cutting across the island's northern half, according to the state's civil defense agency.
Buses around Honolulu have been picking up residents in need and taking them to shelters.
Look at this view from inside Category 4 Hurricane Lane as a NOAA hurricane hunter passes through the middle of the storm called the eye.
The National Weather Service has also released a high surf warning for all the islands, with waves expected to reach up to 20 feet.
The NWS issued a flash flood warning for Hawaii's Big Island and other hurricane-related warnings and alerts for the rest of the state. Oahu and Kauai are under a hurricane watch, meaning hurricane conditions are possible and that winds of at least 39 miles per hour are anticipated in the comings days.
He compared the storm in Hawaii to the floods in Kerala, India, that left at least 324 dead and 220,000 homeless earlier this month.
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FEMA says the agency has been talking with grocers to make sure food sources are stocked.
Employees of the Sheraton Waikiki fill sandbags along the beach in preparation for Hurricane Lane on Thursday in Honolulu.
"Hurricane Lane is not a well-behaved hurricane", he said in a statement. It appears that the storm will not directly hit the island, but run directly parallel to it. Some are anxious the hurricane's winds could push toxic ash from the volcano back toward the Big Island. This is expected to lead to major, life-threatening flash flooding and landslides over all Hawaiian Islands.
President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Hawaii on Wednesday ahead of the storm.
While the exact path of Lane remains uncertain, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri says the storm could weaken as it nears the islands.
Those who lived in Hawaii when Iniki hit said they remember the "pandemonium" and were boarding up their houses and stockpiling water.
Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency Tuesday on Big Island to help provide relief for damage from the hurricane.
"I think it's going to be bad, to the effect us locals have never experienced before", said Kendall Bisarra, a Maui resident.