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Hurricane Lane Vs. Hawaii: Photos From the Frontlines

The storm poses the biggest weather threat to the Aloha State in decades.

As Hurricane Lane barrels toward Hawaii, massive rainfall is already causing catastrophic flooding and landslides. As of August 23, nearly 20 inches of rain had already fallen on Hilo. The storm, downgraded to a category 3, still poses the biggest weather threat to the Aloha State in decades — no other hurricane has made landfall since 1992.

"Hurricane Lane is not a well-behaved hurricane," said Gov. David Ige in an emergency proclamation ahead of the storm. "I’ve not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I’ve seen with this storm. I urge our residents and visitors to take this threat seriously and prepare for a significant impact." Here, photos from the frontlines of the storm.

PLAYTIME'S OVER Mario Tama/Getty Images PLAYTIME'S OVER Residents of Hilo carry their dogs to dry land after playing in the water.

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HILO, HI - AUGUST 23: A car is stuck partially submerged in floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on the Big Island on August 23, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. Hurricane Lane has brought more than a foot of rain to some parts of the Big Island which is under a flash flood warning. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Mario Tama/Getty Images THAT SINKING FEELING A car in Hilo, which is under a flash flood warning. RISKY WAVE RIDER Kat Wade/Getty Images RISKY WAVE RIDER At the legendary Waikiki Beach, a lone surfer rides the waves on Thursday, despite the area being ordered closed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell. THE BIG ISLAND'S WAILUKU RIVER FLOODS Mario Tama/Getty Images THE BIG ISLAND'S WAILUKU RIVER FLOODS HONOLULU, HI - AUGUST 22: Yamasaki Construction workers, Talbot Khakai,, left, David Halafihi and foreman Nathan Koikoinui board up McDonalds multiple plate glass windows in preparation for Hurricane Lane on Kalaukaua Ave on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hurricane Lane is a high-end Category 4 hurricane and remains a threat to the entire island chain. (Photo by Kat Wade/Getty Images) Kat Wade/Getty Images PREPARING FOR THE WORST Construction workers board up windows in Honolulu ahead of the storm.
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