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Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

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The storm named Lane was barreling toward the Hawaiian Islands as a powerful Category 5 hurricane in the middle of the week. But then it slowed down, moving as slow as 2 mph at times.

As it lingered, the storm’s outer bands were already over the Big Island, allowing Lane to drop 51.53 inches (131 centimeters) of rain as of early Sunday morning, according to preliminary figures from the National Weather Service.

That puts it in third place for the most rain from a storm in the United States since 1950. Hurricane Harvey, which stalled over Houston last year, dropped the most rain in that span with 60.58 inches (154 centimeters), Bingaman said. Hurricane Hiki dropped 52 inches (132 centimeters) in Hawaii in 1950, and Amelia produced a 48-inch (122 centimeter) rainfall in 1978. (AP)

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Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Bodyboarders wait to enter the ocean near the remains of trees destroyed by flooding from the former Hurricane Lane at Honoli’i Beach Park on Aug. 26, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Two men walk through a park flooded by rain from Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Hawaii County employees clean up debris from flooding caused by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Christian Phillips, 19, (L), and Ilya Hanzli, 17, walk through flooding caused by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A retaining wall lies on its side after being toppled by flooding caused by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A woman pushes her bicycle through flooding caused by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Mud and debris litter a backyard as a result of flooding caused by Hurricane Lane in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 25, 2018. (Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Residents bodyboard in floodwaters at a baseball field during flooding from Tropical Storm Lane on the Big Island on Aug. 25, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A local resident dives into the water at Waikiki beach on Oahu island on Aug. 24, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A boogie boarder walks near the surf at Makapu’u Beach, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Waimanalo, Hawaii. As Hurricane Lane approaches Oahu, large ocean swells have impacted the coastline. (Photo: Marco Garcia/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

This Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 photo shows firefighters take care of damage at the Hawaiian Dredging base yard in Puamana, Hawaii. Several early morning fires, fed by winds from an approaching Hurricane Lane, destroyed several homes and buildings, including some at the construction company base yard. (Photo: Matthew Thayer/The Maui News via AP)

Hawaii braces for Hurricane Lane

This photo provided by Jessica Henricks shows flooding Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, Wailuku River near Hilo, Hawaii. (Photo: Jessica Henricks via AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

This image provided by NASA on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 shows Hurricane Lane as seen from the International Space Station. The National Weather Service says the hurricane will still pack a wallop for Hawaii on Thursday before gradually slowing over the next two days. Early Wednesday, the hurricane was 320 miles (515 kilometers) south of Hilo on Hawaii Island and moving northwest toward other islands. (Photo: NASA via AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Michelle Montgomery (L) and Eric Leifer (R) share a moment under an umbrella, as they view the flooded Pauahi St and Kamehameha Ave intersection in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 24, 2018. (Photo: Bruce Omori/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Employees of the Sheraton Waikiki fill sandbags along the beach in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Honolulu. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A owner of a stranded car attempts to retrieve items from it as an excessive amount of rain from Hurricane Lane causes flooding, submerging the Bayfront soccer fields, around Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 23, 2018. (Photo: Bruce Omori/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Morale Welfare and Recreation employees and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam personnel go over emergency preparation kits at the base fitness center in Pearl Harbor as Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii on Aug. 23, 2018. In preparation for Category 4 Hurricane Lane, the base is currently at Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 3, indicating that destructive and sustained winds of 50 knots or greater are possible within 48 hours as of 11 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corwin M. Colbert/U.S. Navy)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Nina Roberts shops for last minute supplies while shelves remain empty as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 23, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A car is stuck partially submerged in floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on the Big Island on August 23, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Austin Seawright, right, stacks sandbags in front of a closed store in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Honolulu. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A general view shows heavy flooding affecting Hilo, Hawaii, U.S. August 23, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. (Photo: Ace Norton/via Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A gas station remains closed after running out of gas as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 23, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Kainalu Kitashima hands his father a piece of wood to help tie down their tiny home in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, along Ewa Beach in Honolulu. As emergency shelters opened, rain began to pour and cellphone alerts went out, the approaching hurricane started to feel real for Hawaii residents. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

City Mill hardware store sales associate Lisa Lavilla, left, talks to customer Ginger McCorriston about hurricane supplies, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Honolulu. McCorriston was trying to find duck tape and batteries before they run out. (Photo: Marco Garcia/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

People, who declined to be named, fill up sand bags that will be used to help protect their home in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, along Ewa Beach in Honolulu. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Kaipo Popa secures plywood to protect windows on a home in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Jaycee Sotello fills her truck up with gas as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Jay Kitashima loads up his truck after securing his tiny home in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, along Ewa Beach in Honolulu. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

City Mill hardware store sales associate Thom West, left, fills up several propane tanks for Tony Cao, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Honolulu. Cao said he waited nearly two hours in line for propane. Although he already stocked up on fresh food, Cao the most important things to have during Hurricane Lane were Spam and Vienna savage as you don’t need to cook them. (Photo: Marco Garcia/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Luke Yamanuha loads plywood into his truck as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Members of the Alapahoe outrigger canoe club move their canoes off the beach to higher ground as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 21, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

People walk along a calm Hanalei Beach as Hurricane Lane approaches Kauai, Hawaii, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo: Sue Horton/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Mark Antolin and his son load sand to fill sand bags into his truck as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

A shopper walks past a monitor displaying hurricane information in several different languages inside a hotel Waikiki, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo: Marco Garcia/AP)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Erica McMillan stocks up with what’s left on the shelves at Walmart in Oahu, Hawaii on Aug. 22, 2018, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Lane. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Honolulu police officer Chad Asuncion monitors the water conditions and warns surfers about the conditions as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 23, 2018. (Photo: Hugh Gentry/Reuters)

Hurricane Lane batters Hawaii with record rain

Hurricane Lane, with a well-defined eye, is shown positioned about 300 miles south of Hawaii’s Big Island at 2 p.m. ET on Aug. 22, 2018. (Photo: NOAA/Goes-East Imagery/Handout via Reuters)

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