With a mixture of resignation and dread, residents here are watching this gray-and-orange advance, this 2,000-degree river of molten rock. Each passing hour, lava from Kilauea Volcano is inching closer to their homes in Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island. The dark ooze has swallowed up fences, flowed over a cemetery and neared major roads. In some places in this community of about 950 residents, it's chest high. "Everybody, including myself, is quite nervous," Rod Macland told CNN affiliate KITV-TV. "We don't know. We can't see the future. The flow does what the flow does."
For months, the town of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island has been watching nervously as volcanic lava creeps closer and closer, swallowing everything in its path. The lava is now getting close enough that hundreds of people may need to evacuate this week. The source? Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting more or less continuously since 1983. In recent years, those eruptions haven't posed a huge problem for people living on the island — the lava was mostly just flowing south into the ocean.
Hurricane Ana did not hit Hawaii on Saturday, but maintained its strength and came as close as 155 miles to the islands, according to Weather.com.
A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent. A second intraparty fight for U.S. Senate was too close to call.
Hawaii's governor faced a surprisingly strong challenger Saturday in one of two primary races that have divided the Democratic Party establishment in the Pacific island chain.
As Hurricanes Iselle and Julio headed toward Hawaii, Stan Lawrence boarded up his surf shop in downtown Hilo.
Hurricane Iselle became the third major hurricane of 2014 in the Eastern Pacific basin Sunday. As it now churns west into the Central Pacific, the state of Hawaii may be in its sights. Iselle has begun to weaken and is now a Category 1 hurricane as of 8 a.m. PDT Wednesday (5 a.m. Hawaiian Standard Time). Iselle is roughly 720 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Steering currents are expected to continue to take Iselle on a west-northwest track over the next few days.
Two hurricanes are now taking aim at Hawaii. The first, Hurricane Iselle, packed 90 mph wind on Wednesday as it chugged west toward the islands, and forecasters said that while it was expected to weaken, it could still be hurricane strength at landfall on Thursday.
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