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Tropical storm Lane dumps rain on Hawaii as flood hazard lingers
Hawaii was spared a direct hit by a major hurricane as Lane, once a monster tempest, rapidly weakened into a tropical storm, even as it unleashed severe flooding on the Big Island and threatened to drench Oahu and Maui. Lane, with maximum sustained winds diminishing to near 70 mph (110 kph), was forecast to slowly make its nearest approach to land just west of the U.S. Pacific island chain over the weekend, bringing tropical storm conditions to Maui and the state's most populous island, Oahu, late on Friday. More than two feet (60 cm) of rain had fallen in a 36-hour period by Friday night on the windward side of the island of Hawaii, popularly known as the Big Island, where the Weather Service reported "catastrophic flooding." More than 40 inches of rain was recorded in Piihonua and Waiakea on the island late on Friday, the weather service said. (Credit: Reuters).