As Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaiian Islands, Bakersfield man on vacation there prepares for storm

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A well-known Bakersfield man and his family on vacation in Hawaii are preparing for the worst as the powerful Hurricane Lane approaches the islands. The National Weather Service said Wednesday the category 4 hurricane could bring 150 mile-per-hour winds and 10 to 15 inches of rain to the greater Hawaiian Islands.

Dick Taylor, director of the Kern County Veterans Service Dept., is on vacation in Maui.

“I think we’re still doing good on our vacation plans,” said Taylor, referring to how the anticipated storm has affected his travels. “There’s a few things we had planned that we’re going to modify,” he added.

Taylor, who is traveling to Hawaii with his wife, son-in-law, and daughter, noted he is not taking any chances.

“We went to Costco, got some extra water and some food, [and] some extra provisions. We have our vehicles topped off with fuel.” 

Governor David Ige (D-Hawaii) urged residents and tourists to shelter in place unless they are on low ground. He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is setting up shelters across the state. Representatives from the Red Cross announced they, too, will set up shelters for anyone who needs a place to stay, including the homeless.

The storm is also expected to bring massive swells to the beaches. Honolulu’s mayor warned even the most experienced surfers and swimmers to stay out of the water,

Despite the seriousness of the situation, Taylor said he will make best with what he has. 

“If the power goes out, we’ve got some Mai Tai mix.”

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