Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET
Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm as it slowly makes its way toward the island chain.
As of 2 p.m. local time, Lane was centered about 260 miles south of Honolulu, Melissa Dye, a meteorologist with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, told NPR.
Even so, its outer bands continue to cause significant damage on the island of Hawaii, forcing residents to stay put.
Mudslides, landslides and flash flooding are causing road closures throughout the Big Island, Dye said.