. Lane’s heavy rain and strong winds could bring heavy swells, flash flooding and landslides. Even if the center of Lane doesn’t make landfall, the islands could be walloped with rain and wind. Hawaii Gov. David Ige is allowing non-essential state employees on the Big Island and Maui to go on administrative leave from Wednesday to Friday. Employees on Hawaii and Maui islands who work in disaster response as well as in hospitals and prisons are required to report to their jobs, the governor said. Thirty-five members of San Diego’s California Task Force 8 are preparing to deploy to Kauai, Hawaii to help. Public schools on the Big Island and in Maui County were closed Wednesday until further notice.
Maui County residents, tourists and businesses are preparing for Hurricane Lane and the possibility of stores running out of supplies. The U.S. Coast Guard anticipates closing Maui County’s three commercial ports and the Big Island’s port. Maui airport will remain open, but roads to the airport may close and airlines may cancel flights. Maude Cumming, executive director of the Family Life Center in Kahului said the best option for Maui’s homeless is to go to a Red Cross shelter. Maui Electric Co. is making emergency preparations including assigning and pre-positioning workers and equipment as needed, officials said. Hawaii Gas added that it has “adequate propane” in its tank storage facilities on Kauai, Maui, Big Island and Oahu to support its customers in “the event of a supply disruption.”