Hurricane Lane weakens, slowly tracks north, 24 August 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 24 August 2018.

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Here’s the latest Hawaii State news from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Hurricane Lane weakening as it slowly continues North toward islands
Forecasters say Lane weakened in the last few hours to a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds near 110 mph with higher gusts. Lane is churning toward the north at 5 mph, and isn’t expected to turn to the west until Saturday. In the meantime, the monster storm is expected to bring torrential rains to island communities. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser. KHON2. KITV.

FEMA already on the ground with food, water and supplies
Brock Long, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday that his agency has made a lot of changes in the way it is responding to Hurricane Lane based on the lessons learned in Puerto Rico last year. Star-Advertiser.

Medical disaster response team activated
Chris Crabtree, director of the Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management coalition, said 40 medical providers are on standby and that another team of up to 20 people is available to provide online help. The group leverages medical personnel, equipment and supplies, and coordinates services during major emergencies or disasters. Star-Advertiser.  Hawaii Public Radio.

Drivers race for fuel as supply dwindles
Around 100 or more gas stations were closed Thursday largely for safety precautions ahead of Hurricane Lane. At the same time, there were sporadic instances of some gas stations running out of fuel because tanker trucks could not resupply stations faster than motorists pumped gas. Star-Advertiser.

Visitor industry to hunker down
As Hurricane Lane, Hawaii’s most unwelcome guest, prepared to unpack dangerous wind and flooding across the state, the visitor industry scrambled to get hospitality workers to their jobs and get some 270,000 tourists back home or safe inside. Star-Advertiser.

Despite closure of ports, supplies are waiting, ready to be delivered
As soon as the ports reopen after Hurricane Lane passes, shipping companies want to ensure residents that they are ready to respond. In a news release Thursday, carrier MATSON said they were prepared and positioned to deliver freight as soon as Hawaii ports reopen. Hawaii News Now.

Economists forecast slower growth 
The economy is now expected to expand 1.5 percent in 2018, according to the latest quarterly report released Wednesday by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The previous forecast was for 1.9 percent growth. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts