Hawaii storm flooding
HURRICANE Lane weakened to a tropical storm on Friday as it headed toward the Hawaiian islands.
But it still brought torrential rains that immersed a city in waist-deep water and forced people to flee flooding homes, while others jumped off seawalls with boogie boards into the turbulent ocean.
As many dealt with flooding and even brush fires, swimmers and surfers ignored warnings from authorities and plunged into powerful waves at the Oahu’s famed Waikiki Beach, which was closed.
Honolulu’s mayor pleaded with tourists that they were putting themselves in danger as the storm moved closer.