On storm-weary Kauai, residents hunker down for Lane

On storm-weary Kauai, residents hunker down for Lane
Kauai residents weren't taking any chances as Hurricane Lane approached. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Kauai residents weren't taking any chances as Hurricane Lane approached. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - As Tropical Storm Lane continues to weaken, the Kauai is now under a tropical storm watch.

But because of past experiences with storms like Hurricane Iniki and April's historic flooding, residents aren't ready to let their guard down just yet.

For much of the day, Kauai has had gray skies and blustery winds.

And residents weren't taking any chances — many hunkered down in their homes.

The Alapai family says they bought playing cards and Dominoes so they'd have something to do if Tropical Storm Lane knocked out the electricity.

But it turns out the games came in handy as they waited for the storm.

"Making the kids enjoy themselves. Having family time together, just expecting the worse but hoping for the best," said Crystal Battulyan, of Puhi.

The family boarded up their home in Puhi earlier this week and got all the necessary supplies for their hurricane kit.

"We wasn't sure with Iniki and with the route this one is taking with Lane, it's so unpredictable," she said.

As Lane neared the island, surf was up on the South side.

"Oh it's good! That's why we're here. Two days in a row," said surfer Kenny Kaufman.

All south-facing shores of Kauai and Niihau remain under a high surf warning.

Beachgoers are being urged to stay out of the water, and surfers say they're enjoying the empty beaches.

Because of the improved forecast for Kauai, two of the Red Cross shelters on Kauai have been closed but remain on standby.

The shelter at Kilauea Gym is the only one still open and volunteers say it's been quiet, which is a good thing.

"We haven't been hit by the storm so we've had a lot of time to get set up and prep and all that so its been pretty easy," said Mike Lucey, American Red Cross shelter manager. "It's great that we don't have 200 people in here and are scrambling. Best situation."

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