Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii: PHOTOS

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ktrk"><span>ktrk</span></div><span class="caption-text">People gather to watch and take photos of floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on the Big Island on August 23, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)</span></div>
Hurricane Lane roared toward Hawaii early this past week as a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. That meant it was likely to cause catastrophic damage with winds 157 mph or above.

But upper-level winds known as shear swiftly tore the storm apart. By late Friday, the National Weather Service said Lane had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph as it slowly twisted west about 120 miles south of Honolulu.

The outer bands of the hurricane dumped as much as 3 feet of rain in 48 hours on the mostly rural Big Island. The main town of Hilo, population 43,000, was flooded Friday with waist-high water as landslides shut down roads.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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