Hurricane’s wind, rain pounds Hawaiian islands

HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane is thrashing Hawaii’s Big Island with heavy rain and strong wind gusts

The National Weather Service says early Friday that the storm has dumped more than 31 inches (78 centimeters) of rain at Hakalau Station in about 24 hours. The service says a 67 mph (107 kph) wind gust has been recorded at Kohala Ranch.

The NWS says wind gusts of 51 mph (82 kph) have been recorded on Oahu, and 49 mph (78 kph) on Maui.

The dangerous Category 3 hurricane is heading north with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (193 kph). Forecasters say it will move close to or over portions of Hawaii’s main islands late Friday.