The Category 4 hurricane is packing winds up to 130 mph and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.
A look at what forecasters are predicting for Tropical Storm Florence, Hurricane Olivia and the rest of the season.
Flooding forced evacuations on some islands but damage appears less than feared, despite historic amounts of rain.
The arrival of the storm's outer bands underscores the threat to Big Island residents warned of flash floods, landslides and major property damage. Some areas in the island chain may receive up to 30 inches of rain.
Experts expect Hurricane Lane to move close to or over the islands in coming days, and even if the storm's center doesn't make landfall, the islands could be walloped with rain and wind.
With hundreds of people still in emergency shelters more than a month into Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, homes are still being destroyed and tempers are fraying.
Exploding magma from the Big Island's Kilauea volcano cuts off a highway and reaches the ocean. Flying lava hits a man, shattering his leg.
"You have to ask Pele," said one of the evacuees, referring to the volcano goddess of traditional Hawaiian belief, when asked when he might return home.
Civil defense officials caution the public about high levels of sulfur dioxide near the Kilauea Volcano and urge vulnerable people to evacuate immediately.