Lane was not projected to make a direct hit on the islands, but officials warned that even a lesser blow could do significant harm.
"This system is going to be with us the next four, five days, continuing to bring winds to the island large as well as torrential rains", said FEMA administrator Brock Long. "We hope all citizens are heeding the warning that local officials are putting out".
Hurricane-related deaths in Puerto Rico have been estimated at as many as 4,600 people, largely because prolonged and widespread power outages and washed out roads prevented access to health care, according to USA researchers. The Big Island is under a tropical storm warning, and the islands of Kauai and Niihau are under a hurricane watch.
TV9 spoke with Canfield just after 1 p.m.in Hawaii, where he said people were still in the pool and enjoying the warmer weather. The flames spread to 300 acres (121 hectares), and a woman who was burned in the hands and legs was flown to Honolulu, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. Some parts of the Big Island have experienced more than 31 inches of rain, more than double the 12 inches reported Thursday morning.
Tropical-storm-force winds - 39-73 miles per hour - and rain could be seen on portions of the Big Island and Maui County on Thursday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. And Pereira said the agency has set up barges full of supplies ready to be distributed. Overwash onto vulnerable coastal roadways will be possible through Saturday, especially around the afternoon high tide cycles.
As of 2 am, the hurricane was 540 kilometres south of Honolulu and moving northwest.
Police warned tourists to leave the world-famous Waikiki Beach ahead of the storm's arrival in Honolulu.
Penny said the volunteers will be there to provide residents with shelter, food, emergency supplies, health services, "all these things that people need after experiencing something like a hurricane".
The campers called authorities, but emergency crews could not mount a rescue operation.
"This is not just going to be over in the next 24 hours".
Hawaii County firefighters, who were in touch with the home's owner, made a decision to evacuate the group before the water rose any higher. They floated the five out on their backs, Demerais said.
It is only 200 miles from the western coast of Big Island.
Federal officials have been working with Hawaiian utility managers to keep a close eye on the power grid, a major vulnerability in Puerto Rico past year when it was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm.
United Airlines said it canceled all Friday flights to and from Kahului airport on Maui, the second-largest island.
Airlines have canceled some flights out of Hawaii as Lane neared the state. "There's nowhere for the water to go except to pond up and flood these areas".
The rarity of hurricanes means the islands, unlike Florida which expects the storms every few years, is not hardened against them.
Surfers could be seen taking advantage of the calm before the storm to get out on their boards one last time before the ocean got too violent. Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said Wednesday.
Arakawa said the National Guard has come in to assist and that some people sheltered at a local school were taken to a civic center to make room for those pushed out because of the fires.
"Although we can hope that the winds might not be as bad as we had feared, we're nearly certain that we're going to have too much water in the form of rainfall, surf and surge", Thomas Travis, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said at a news conference Thursday.