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Hurricane Lane Continues Hawaii’s Year of Intense Weather

As Hawaii braces for Hurricane Lane, a look back at the state’s tumultuous year.

Hawaii has experienced its fair share of disastrous weather this year. From potentially record-breaking rainfall to the destructive eruption of the Kilauea Volcano, the tropical islands have been in a frequent state of emergency in 2018. And now, a new threat looms as Hurricane Lane descends upon Hawaii’s Big Island. With winds of 160 mph, Lane is now a Category 5 hurricane expected to hit the island on Thursday. As the looming threat draws closer to the Hawaiian islands, here’s a look back at the weather events that have struck the Aloha state this year.

Taro Fields kbbeggs EPIC RAIN Heavy rain in mid-April flooded the island of Kauai. Considered one of the rainiest places on Earth, the lush island accumulated nearly 50 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period between April 14-15, 2018. A damaged road in the 'lava zone' is seen May 9, 2018 in Leilani Estates on Big Island in Hawaii. - Kilauea, one of the most active volcanos in the world and one of five on the island, began erupting on May 3rd, 2018. A magnitude 5 earthquake under its south flank preceded an initial eruption. Several severe aftershocks have occurred since then. (Photo by Gianrigo MARLETTA / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIANRIGO MARLETTA/AFP/Getty Images) GIANRIGO MARLETTA/AFP/Getty Images THOUSANDS OF EARTHQUAKES A series of earthquakes began jolting the Big Island in early May as a result of lava outbreaks from the Kilauea Volcano. PAHOA, HI - MAY 4: In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a column of robust, reddish-brown ash plume occurred after a magnitude 6.9 South Flank following the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on May 4, 2018 in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. The governor of Hawaii has declared a local state of emergency near the Mount Kilauea volcano after it erupted following a 5.0-magnitude earthquake, forcing the evacuation of nearly 1,700 residents. (Photo by U.S. Geological Survey via Getty Images) Handout/Getty Images KILAUEA ERUPTS While Kilauea has been actively erupting since 1983, the lower Puna eruption on May 3, 2018, caused massive destruction on the Big Island. HAWAII, USA - MAY 22: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'USGS / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Ash plume rises from forest following a massive volcano eruption on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, United States on May 22, 2018. Lava is spewing more than 60 metres into the air and spread around 36,000 square metres. (Photo by USGS / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Anadolu Agency/Getty Images LAVA BURNS Streams of molten lava destroyed neighborhoods and swallowed hundreds of homes.
PAHOA, HI - MAY 6: In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, a lava flow moves on Makamae Street after the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on May 6, 2018 in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. The governor of Hawaii has declared a local state of emergency near the Mount Kilauea volcano after it erupted following a 5.0-magnitude earthquake, forcing the evacuation of nearly 1,700 residents. (Photo by U.S. Geological Survey via Getty Images)
PAHOA, HI - MAY 26: Onlookers and photographers walk on hardened lava from a Kilauea volcano fissure as lava (TOP L) erupts in Leilani Estates, on Hawaii's Big Island, on May 26, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii. The Big Island, one of eight main islands that make up Hawaii state, is struggling with tourist bookings following the Kilauea volcano eruptions, with summer bookings down 50 percent. Officials stress that the eruptions have thus far only affected a small portion of the island. Visitors spent $2.4 billion at the island in 2017. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
U.S. Geological Survey via Getty Images; Mario Tama/Getty Images Lava spews in Kilauea's East Rift Zone on May 23, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii, amid eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. - Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and one of five on the Big Island of Hawaii. It erupted May 3, forcing the evacuation of 2,000 people from their homes located on the mountain. Scientists believe volcanic activity may be a precursor to a major eruption, similar to one that occurred on the island in the mid-1920s. (Photo by Ronit FAHL / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONIT FAHL/AFP/Getty Images) RONIT FAHL/AFP/Getty Images FOUNTAINS OF LAVA Hot lava spewed from the Earth as fissures opened in the ground, releasing toxic sulfur dioxide gas. Pololu Coast Photo ©Tan Yilmaz STORMS COMING A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Big Island in early August, but had been discontinued after Hurricane Hector passed south of the island.

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