Hawaii Braces For Hurricane Lane, Now A Category 5

Aug 23, 2018, 06:23
Hawaii Braces For Hurricane Lane, Now A Category 5

Meteorologist Chevy Chevalier in Honolulu says winds slowed overnight from 160 miles per hour to 155 miles per hour (259 to 250 kph), prompting a downgrade of the hurricane from a Category 5 to a Category 4.

In other words, Lane is likely to maintain hurricane strength when it makes a close approach or direct strike on the Big Island on Thursday.

As of Saturday, lane was at a distance of 1.5 thousand km on Southeast from Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum winds 145 miles per hour.

There are now Hurricane Warnings, Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings posted for much of Hawaii.

Strong winds: Tropical storm conditions are expected on the Big Island beginning late Wednesday night into early Thursday, with hurricane conditions expected in the warning area Thursday.

Hurricane Lane is poised to give Hawaii an unusually major encounter with a major cyclone - and could batter the Big Island with rain and tropical storm force winds as early as Wednesday night.

"Some people might say, 'Another hurricane, it didn't hit us last time, we don't need to worry.' No, we got to plan for the worst and hope for the best", Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said on Monday.

Officials with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center say there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding the exact impacts Lane will bring to the state, but the storm's current projection shows it could possibly swing north this Wednesday or Thursday - bringing the storm closer than originally anticipated to the islands.

Hawaii residents are bracing for "life-threatening" winds and flooding when Hurricane Lane hits the USA islands this week, potentially uprooting trees and causing rivers to overflow their banks, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricane Lane has taken a turn toward Hawaii but is weakening as it approaches the islands. "Large and potentially damaging surf" will affect exposed shorelines facing the west, south and east, the NWS said.

Only four named storms - two hurricanes and two tropical storms - have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959.

Longtime Hawaii residents recalled a devastating 1992 hurricane as they prepared for Hurricane Lane.

Central Pacific basin on August 18.

"Lane continues to be a very impressive hurricane", the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said, in its latest update.

In anticipation of the storm, Ige signed an emergency proclamation that declares certain counties of Hawaii disaster areas and allows for the spending of state money for quick and efficient relief for damages, loss and suffering. The hurricane is about 500 miles (804 kilometers) southeast of Honolulu.

Since there is not much lava reaching the ocean anymore, the hurricane shouldn't have too much of an impact on the volcano region, according to Denison University Geophysicist Erik Klemetti.

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