Five tourists are rescued from their flooded holiday home in Hawaii as Hurricane Lane dumps 31 INCHES of rain on the Big Island, while residents on the main islands brace for 120mph winds and more downpours | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Five tourists are rescued from their flooded holiday home in Hawaii as Hurricane Lane dumps 31 INCHES of rain on the Big Island, while residents on the main islands brace for 120mph winds and more downpours

Five tourists have been rescued from a flooded holiday home in Hawaii as Hurricane Lane turns north after dumping 31 inches of rain on the Big Island in a matter of hours.

Emergency crews helped the California vacationers from a villa they were renting in the picturesque town of Hilo after a nearby gulch spilled over on Thursday.

Suzanne Demerais described the tiny waterfall and small stream that was flowing near the home when she and four friends from the Los Angeles first arrived - a stark contrast from the torrent it has become in just 24 hours.

Hawaii County firefighters, who were in touch with the home's owner, decided to evacuate the group before the water rose further, floating the visitors out on their backs.

Forecasters have warned the storm will dump rain at a rate of one to three inches per hour over portions of Hawaii's main islands late on Friday as it crawls northward.

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