MANILA - Filipinos based in Hawaii are advised to prepare for a powerful hurricane expected to hit the islands Thursday evening.
"We have advised the members of the Filipino community to prepare emergency kits good for 14 days, as well as heed all the warnings and advise of Hawaii State and Federal government authorities and the specific warnings for their areas," Consul General Joselito Jimeno said.
Hurricane Lane has slightly weakened into a Category 4 storm with maximum winds at 155 miles per hour as early as Wednesday morning.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Big Island (Hawaii Island) and Maui, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Oahu, where Honolulu is located, and Kauai Island.
Jimeno said Governor David Ige has issued an emergency proclamation for the entire state in order to mobilize emergency agencies ahead of the hurricane, which has been described as the most dangerous to hit Hawaii in 25 years.
"Filipino nationals in the affected areas are advised to inform the Consulate General so it could update their relatives in the Philippines of their conditions. It also stands ready to provide assistance to anyone who will be affected by the hurricane," Jimeno said.
On Oahu, residents flocked to the nearest store and stocked up on necessities such as water and non-perishable food items, to prepare for hurricane Lane.
Honolulu resident Joy Basuel is part of the many individuals who are getting ready for Lane’s arrival.
“It’s really important for me to stock up, ‘cause I have family. I have two little ones and my mom, who’s 84 years old. So I need to make sure that we’re prepared and I don’t want to take any chances,” said Basuel.
"I'm just expecting the worst, which is why I'm preparing for the worst. Hopefully it'll move very quickly and it won't do too much damage."
Island residents were also seen heading to gas stations to fill up their cars. With a report from Kathleen Lee, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau
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