Hurricane Lane was downgraded to a tropical storm as it hit the Hawaiian Islands. This downgrade didn’t stop it from causing major damage. The worst damage on Maui seems to have been caused by fires though. Luckily, Papakea was virtually unscathed.
The islands have always bounced back quickly from storm damage, and hopefully, the response to Lane is no exception. At this time, it’s known that record amounts of rain fell. According to the USGS, some parts of Maui experienced up to 24 inches of rain. That amount is dwarfed by the amount dropped on the Big Island where 52 inches of rain fell. It’s hard to imagine that much water.
Fires on the west side of the island burned 2000 acres and destroyed 24 structures including many homes.