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Rain trickled down on the central Oahu town of Wahiawa on Thursday, a hint that Hurricane Lane was moving steadily closer. By late afternoon, Lake Wilson began to swell.
Rose Coleman, an outreach worker with the nonprofit Alea Bridge, descended steps carved out of a muddy slope near the lake to a tent where, it turned out, a homeless woman was asleep. Coleman didn’t want to wake the woman, who she knew to be deaf, and hoped people from a neighboring camp would look out for her if the storm brought water gushing up toward her encampment.
Outreach workers across the state ramped up their efforts to inform unsheltered homeless people about Hurricane Lane’s approach.
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