Tracking Lane: Major hurricane targets Hawaiian Islands

Hurricane Lanes path takes it northwest toward the Hawaiian Islands over the next couple days

Southern and southeastern areas of the island can also expect similar wind conditions as the leeward areas, however, rainfall could total more than 2 feet in areas of Ka'u.

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

At the time of writing, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has classified Lane as a potent Category 5 hurricane.

Hurricane Lane is due to make landfall on Thursday, with locals prepared for high winds to knock out power lines and damaging roofs. Maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, moving WNW at 8 miles per hour.

Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said Wednesday, as people hurried to buy water and other supplies and the Navy moved its ships to safety.

"A lot of people who moved here and never experienced a hurricane. they're the ones rushing to the store", he said. Heavy rains and floods are a significant threat, regardless of how close Lane comes to land.

Ige granted administrative leave for non-essential state employees in Hawaii and Maui counties, as the state prepares for severe weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Lane.

Clocking in with maximum sustained winds of 315 mph, Lane was located around 460 miles from Kailua-Kona and xxx miles from Honolulu and was headed west-northwest at 9 mph at 5 a.m., according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

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

A hurricane watch is in effect for several of the islands, including Maui and Lanai, as impacts from the storm are expected to reach the islands starting on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Hawaii residents scrambled to prepare for the storm's arrival.

Canadians are being advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Hawaii as a risky Category 4 hurricane advances towards the US state. Lane could dump as much as 10 to 15 inches of rain with some areas picking up 20 inches of rain when it nears the islands by late week and into the weekend.

Hurricane Lane is set to strike Hawaii from the southeast as a Category 4 storm, most directly threatening the Big Island. This is where the wind will be strongest and the rain to be heaviest if the forecast track doesn't change. A hurricane watch has been issued for Kauai.

The hurricane, which is forecast to begin pummeling the islands later today (Aug. 22), has already prompted the governor of Hawaii to declare a state of emergency. It is the costliest hurricane in Hawaii history.

The central Pacific gets fewer hurricanes than other regions, with about only four or five named storms a year, and Hawaii rarely gets hit.

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