Hurricane Lane: Hawaii braces for category four storm

Aug 23, 2018, 03:02
Hurricane Lane: Hawaii braces for category four storm

But forecast models are indicating that Lane will turn in a more northerly direction by Wednesday, which will bring the center of Lane very close to Hawaii and Maui counties on Thursday, the Hurricane Center said.

Government weather satellites are watching closely as Hurricane Lane, a massive Category 5 storm, threatens Hawaii.

"A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area".

In this photo provided City and County of Honolulu, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, center, receives a briefing from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Hurricane Lane at the Emergency Operations Center in Honolulu.

For those on the islands, larger ocean swells will be impacting the beaches before the storm hits.

While Lane's strength is expected to weaken slightly upon its approach to the Hawaiian islands, it was still expected to remain a risky hurricane.

"Regardless of what happens in the eye of the hurricane, there's going to be the potential for a lot of rain - 10-15 inches, perhaps even higher than that", Doll said.

Lane is one of the strongest storms to ever move over the Hawaiian Islands.The Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasts continue to show that all islands are at risk from direct effects from the core of Hurricane Lane. A hurricane warning issued Tuesday evening remains in effect for Hawaii County.

Gavin Shigesato, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said Tuesday that tropical storm conditions are possible beginning tonight, with hurricane conditions possible on Thursday.

Is Lane Hawaii's most powerful hurricane ever?

State and County Emergency Management Agency officials are urging residents to stay up-to-date and prepare for Hurricane Lane. A hurricane watch has been issued for Kauai.

But Hurricane Lane looks poised to affect the Aloha State, and was about 480 miles southeast of Honolulu early Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, just above the Category 5 threshold.

National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Dye said the hurricane is moving northwest at about 9 miles per hour.

All public schools and the University of Hawaii are closed for the remainder of the week, as are state offices.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold highlighted Hurricane Lane's size with photos tweeted from his post on the International Space Station.

Hurricane Watches are in effect for the eastern half of the island chain, meaning hurricane-force winds are possible near the area within 48 hours.

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