Tropical Storm Lane, greatly diminished from the major hurricane it once was, drifted away from the Hawaiian coast on Saturday as lingering showers spread across the island chain, threatening to trigger more flooding and landslides.
But as trade winds finally began to nudge the storm off to the west, away from land, the National Weather Service (NWS) lifted all remaining tropical storm warnings and watch advisories for the state of Hawaii.
A flash flood watch remained in effect for Oahu, by far the most developed and populated island, through Sunday morning, local emergency management officials said. And civil defense officials on the Big Island said they were bracing for the possibility of more rain and flooding as well.
In addition, a high-surf advisory also was posted through the day for south- and east-facing shores of all the islands.
Lane’s maximum sustained winds dropped to 50 miles per hour (85 km per hour), but lingering moisture…