"You know, this is going to be a marathon-based event. Bottom line is we're going to see torrential rains occur for the next 48 to 72 hours and we hope that all of the citizens within Hawaii are heeding the warnings that local and state officials are putting out."
"The big island in Hawaii - Hawaii County has received in some cases some reports are two feet of rain already. And unfortunately there's more to come. So the impacts are going to grow. The other thing that is concerning is that there's a lot of uncertainty in this forecast. The real question is when does it start to make its turn to the west? You know, if it drifts further north, then that means you're going to see storm surge, greater wind impacts, as well as increased rainfall. Hopefully the system starts to turn a little bit west earlier, but we can't count on that happening."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Goldstein, NOAA Liaison to FEMA:
"The latest advisory issued from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center 8:00 Eastern time, 2:00 Hawaii time still has Hurricane Lane remaining a powerful Category 3 hurricane with winds of 120 miles an hour. It is approximately 160 miles southwest of Kona and 200 miles south of Honolulu. It is moving north very slowly - only five miles an hour. This general motion is expected to continue through the day before it makes a turn to the west, sometime Saturday and begins to speed up."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Goldstein, NOAA Liaison to FEMA:
"On this track, the hurricane will pass dangerously close to the Hawaiian island chain through the day today into tonight and Saturday. Lane may weaken as it approaches, but it's expected to maintain hurricane strength as it approaches the islands. Dangerous flooding will continue on the big island. The threat for tropical storm force or even hurricane force winds will continue for the next 24 to 36 hours, especially at the higher elevations. This is expected to be a long duration flood event as the threat for heavy rain may continue after the hurricane passes to the west."
FEMA officials said torrential rains will continue in Hawaii for the next 48 to 72 hours as Hurricane Lane barrels onto the Big Island.
Hurricane Lane had maximum sustained speeds of 120 mph (195 kph) on Thursday, making it a Category 3 hurricane.
"Unfortunately, there's more to come, so the impacts are going to grow. The other thing that is concerning is that there's a lot of uncertainty in this forecast," FEMA Administrator Brock Long said. "The real question is when does it start to make its turn to the west?"
Long said officials hope the Lane starts to turn west a little earlier instead of drifting further north, which would "see storm surge, greater wind impacts, as well as increased rainfall."
"Lane may weaken as it approaches, but it's expected to maintain hurricane strength as it approaches the islands," Steve Goldstein, NOAA Liaison to FEMA said.