Photos: Hawaii endures devastating flooding as Lane drops 3rd-highest US tropical rain total

Record rainfall from Lane triggered devastating flooding and debris flows across Hawaii late this past week.

While Lane failed to make landfall on the islands, this did not lessen the storm's impact on the state.

Preliminary rainfall totals of 2-4 feet were reported across the windward side of the Big Island with two locations recording even higher amounts.

As of Sunday morning, local time, Mountain View has received the most rainfall with a preliminary total of 51.53 inches. That ranks as the third-highest rain total from a tropical cyclone in the United States since 1950.

Nederland, Texas, holds the record with the 60.58 inches that fell during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

The most rain from a tropical cyclone in Hawaii's recorded history is 52.00 inches from Hurricane Hiki in August 1950.

Rainfall totals are expected to further increase, as additional downpours are in store into Monday.

Hilo Airport observed its wettest four-day period on record from Wednesday, Aug. 22, to Saturday, Aug. 25, as 36.76 inches fell.

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A woman pushes her bicycle through flooding caused by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, U.S., August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
The Wailuku River, swollen from rain from Hurricane Lane, flows near Hilo, Hawaii, U.S., August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
A Hawaii County employee photographs a river swollen by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, U.S., August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
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Hawaii County employees clean up debris from flooding caused by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, U.S., August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Hawaii County employees inspect flood damages caused by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, U.S., August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
HILO, HI - AUGUST 26: Bodyboarders wait to enter the ocean near the remains of trees destroyed by flooding from the former Hurricane Lane at Honoli'i Beach Park on August 26, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. Flooding carried the trees down the mountainside into the ocean where they eventually washed ashore onto the beach. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
HILO, HI - AUGUST 26: People explore a structure on the coast of Hilo Bay near the remains of trees destroyed by flooding from the former Hurricane Lane on August 26, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. Flooding carried the trees down the mountainside into the bay where they eventually washed ashore. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
HILO, HI - AUGUST 26: A surfer (L) departs the beach near the remains of trees destroyed by flooding from the former Hurricane Lane at Honoli'i Beach Park on August 26, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. Flooding carried the trees down the mountainside into the ocean where they eventually washed ashore onto the beach. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
HILO, HI - AUGUST 25: Residents bodyboard in floodwaters at a baseball field during flooding from Tropical Storm Lane on the Big Island on August 25, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. The three day rainfall total of 31.85 inches at Hilo International Airport during the former hurricane set a new record for Hilo. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Aug. 24 also marked the fifth-wettest calendar day on record with 15.00 inches.

Eastern portions of Maui were also hit hard, with 1-2 feet of rain in some locations.

Lane's slow-moving nature and the area's mountainous terrain contributed to the extreme rainfall amounts, which triggered landslides, evacuations and road closures due to high water.

Nearly 40 people were rescued from floodwaters on Friday and Saturday in the eastern part of the Big Island, according to the Associated Press.

One part of Haiku neighborhood in Maui was inaccessible after heavy rain damaged a road on Friday, according to Hawaii News Now.

No storm-related deaths have been reported.

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While Lane will be remembered most for flooding rainfall, gusty winds also caused problems.

Prior to rain arriving, Lane's winds fanned two fires on the island of Maui on Friday.

More than 100 homes were forced to evacuate in Lahaina as a fire rapidly spread early Friday, according to Hawaii News Now. Twenty-two structures were destroyed by the flames.

A second fire broke out in Kaanapali and scorched 800 acres before fire crews gained the upper hand.

Over 14,000 customers were left without power on Maui and the Big Island at the height of the storm, mostly from trees falling on power lines. Power has been restored to most residents.

Prior to Lane's impact on Hawaii, AccuWeather President and Founder Dr. Joel N. Myers said that the storm could "be the single-costliest hurricane in recorded history of Hawaii" and "potentially cause in excess of $10 billion in damage."

Hurricane Iniki caused just over $3 billion in damage to Hawaii in September 1992, which would be about $5 billion in today's dollars, according to Myers.

 

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