Hurricane Lane Strengthens to Category 5. Hurricane Warning Issued for Hawaiʻi County

Jo Lloyd
August 22, 2018

The storm was traveling west at 12 miles per hour with 150 miles per hour maximum sustained winds.

Hawaii has been issued with an extreme weather warning as Hurricane Lane hovers dangerously close to the islands. Hurricanes Dot and Iniki, as well as the majority of major hurricanes shown in NOAA's database reached their maximum intensity either far to the south or southeast of the islands.

As of Tuesday morning, the eye of the hurricane was located well to the southeast of the island chain, and was moving west at about 14 km/h.

"A lot of people who moved here and never experienced a hurricane. theyre the ones rushing to the store", he said.

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Lane's maximum sustained winds are almost 160 mph, the National Weather Service said, which will slowly weaken over the next 48 hours.

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

Forecasters warned of large swells that could produce risky surf and strong currents along some shorelines.

In addition to strong winds, the primary threats will be rough surf, coastal erosion, and heavy rainfall, even if the center of the storm does not move directly over the islands.

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

Lane's center is predicted to pass close to the island of Hawaii, also known as the "Big Island", and Maui, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. It will weaken over the next few days but it will still be capable of causing catastrophic damage.

While there is still considerable uncertainty in the forecast for Lane, it appears the storm will be passing close enough to the islands on Thursday and Friday to bring significant impacts to the southern portions of the islands, especially along the coastline. It is too early to predict which, if any, of the islands will be directly impacted. Deep tropical moisture associated with Lane will spread across all islands.

Starting Wednesday night it was forecast to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands, the centre said.

Hurricane Lane is a Category 5 storm on Wednesday morning.

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