Presidential disaster declaration approved for Hurricane Lane damages in Hawaii

The cyclone didn’t make landfall in Hawaii, but did leave behind a lot of damage.

Presidential disaster declaration approved for Hurricane Lane damages in Hawaii
Rains from Hurricane Lane battered the state, including Kauai. (Image: Terry Lilley)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The president has approved a disaster declaration to help in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Lane.

While the cyclone didn’t make landfall in the islands, it did bring record rainfall, widespread flooding and contributed to massive wildfires on Maui that destroyed more than 20 homes.

President Trump approved the declaration for impacts of the hurricane from Aug. 22 to 29.

Gov. David Ige said the Declaration means the state will receive federal support, with grants and for repairs.

“The approval of our presidential disaster declaration request will help our state recover more efficiently and quickly from the effects of Hurricane Lane," Ige said, in a news release.

“We thank President Trump and FEMA for approving our request, and for the attention they have given our state as we’ve faced a series of challenges over the last few months. We are grateful for their support as we continue our work to keep our residents and visitors safe.”

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