Hawaiins are making final preparations as Hurricane Lane continues its approach.
Honolulu city services will be put on hold as Hurricane Lane is set to bring torrential rains and monster surf to the island.
At a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell urged residents to take the storm seriously.
“We do not want to see what happened in Puerto Rico,” Caldwell said. “And we do that by making sure we’re prepared.”
Honolulu police officers, state officials and outreach workers canvassed various communities to warn Oahu’s homeless population about Hurricane Lane and urge them to seek shelter.
“We’re going into a lot of areas that might not be accessible to a standard patrol officer. We go down to the rivers and the stream beds. We’re going to the parks and try to hit every part of the homeless community,” said Sgt. Joseph O’Neal with HPD’s Community Outreach Division.
At last count there were more than 2,000 unsheltered homeless people on Oahu.
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