The National Weather Service warned on Twitter on Thursday that the hurricane "will bring life threatening conditions across Hawaii through Saturday with damaging winds, risky surf, coastal storm surge and INTENSE FLOODING RAINS".
Lane is a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph/240 km/h, with higher gusts.
As those shelters opened, rain began to pour and cellphone alerts went out, the approaching hurricane started to feel real for Hawaii residents.
He said he's been flying the missions since 1995 and he has nearly 250 hurricane "eyewall" penetrations, but a couple of the flights through Lane were among "the roughest flights I've ever been on".
"It's just this feeling I get, that there's the potential for it to be really big", she said. No hurricane has come this close to the state since Hurricane Iniki in 1992, prompting officials and residents to brace themselves for devastating flash floods, mudslides and massive waves that could surge up to 25 feet.
Frank Dias, owner of Scubatech Marine Service prepare a clients 1975 Skipjack Yacht, "Sweet Leilani", out of Kaneohe, Hawaii for the possible impact of Hurricane Lane by doubling the tie downs at the Waikiki Yacht Club at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor in Waikiki on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Honolulu, Hi.
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Molokai real estate agent Pearl Hodgins said she expected the island's two stores to soon run out of bottled water and batteries.
Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation, freeing up state funds to be devoted to tackling the storm.
Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Hawaii and the last major storm to strike the state was almost three decades ago, when Hurricane Iniki barrelled into the island of Kauai, leaving six people dead and causing billions of dollars in damage.
The hurricane is forecast to skirt close to the south of the Hawaiian islands and continue to weaken, but authorities there say it is still expected to cause significant destruction. "We have about nine cases of water because we're having family stay with us as well, so one case per person".
Through Saturday, 10-15 inches of rain are generally expected, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.
With Lane still churning in the Pacific Ocean about 140 miles (225 km) southeast of Kailua-Kona, more than a foot (30 cm) of rain had already fallen on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii, said Kelly Wooten, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.
"The state is going to be heavily impacted", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The president ordered federal assistance to aid the state and local response efforts to Hurricane Lane, which strengthened as it approached Hawaii. The Category 4 storm caused more than $3 billion in damage and killed six people, with most of the damage done to the island Kauaʻi.