Hurricane Lane approaches Big Island as Category 5 storm

Hurricane Lane approaches Big Island as Category 5 storm

Kenneth Drake
August 23, 2018

A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.

The CPHC forecasts continue to show that all islands are at risk from direct effects from the core of Hurricane Lane.

The National Weather Service warns that the entire state of Hawaii needs to brace for a possible hurricane strike because of the uncertainty of Lane's path and its intensity.

Lane has maximum winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and is about 450 miles (725 km) southeast of Hawaii's big island.

"We expect it to gradually weaken as it gets closer to the islands, ' says meteorologist Chevy Chevalier in Honolulu".

The 5-day forecast track for Hurricane Lane as of 5 a.m. today.

Very heavy rainfall is expected over parts of the island chain from Wednesday into the weekend, with widespread accumulations in excess of 200 mm expected - and some locally higher amounts. "The last: Hurricane John in 1994".

"It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian islands will be directly impacted by Lane", the weather service said.

Lane's maximum sustained winds are almost 160 mph, the National Weather Service said, which will slowly weaken over the next 48 hours. Just 4 percent of hurricanes and typhoons are annular, and they are known for their staying power, weakening more slowly under unfavorable conditions compared with conventional storms.

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Forecasters warned of large swells that could produce unsafe surf and strong currents along some shorelines, beginning Wednesday on the Big Island.

Hawaii is already coping with the three-month eruption of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island, which was expected to start feeling the force of Lane's driving rains by late Wednesday afternoon, the Hawaii-based center said.

Residents have reportedly been rushing to stock up on necessities to before the storm hits.

Lane could become the first hurricane to directly make landfall in Honolulu since Hawaii became a state, Axios reported.

According to the federal government's travel advisory, Hurricane Lane is expected to pass near the Hawaiian Islands on August 23 and 24.

Computer models mostly do not predict the storm to make a direct hit on the islands, which would be the worst-case scenario. Hurricane watches were in effect for other islands as of press time.

Also Tuesday, Gov. David Ige and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim signed emergency proclamations ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Lane. This is where the wind will be strongest and the rain to be heaviest if the forecast track doesn't change.

They are also working with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and hotels to be sure visitors are informed of the hurricane and dangers that come with it.

"But I remember the wind being the strongest force of nature I've ever witnessed and probably the scariest sounds I've ever heard in my life".