Hawaii braces for 'life threatening' hit from Hurricane Lane

23 August, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Bridget Leonard
  • Hawaii braces for 'life threatening' hit from Hurricane Lane

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Iniki made landfall on Kauai as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, becoming just the second hurricane to come ashore on the islands in recorded history. Tornadoes and large waterspouts will also be possible, mainly along and to the right of the track of the hurricane.

UPDATE: #Lane is officially a risky category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 160mph.

The extremely powerful Hurricane Lane is closing in on Hawaii, where heavy rain, strong winds and risky surf are expected Thursday into the weekend.

It is now located around 600km south-southeast of Hilo and is packing winds of 260km/h with gusts nearer 315km/h.

The hurricane was expected to bring 160mph (260km/h) winds to Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday with gusts capable of damaging roofs and knocking out power, the NHC warned.

Hawaii's residents should "prepare for a significant impact" from Hurricane Lane, Ige said.

Based on the scientific information and expertise available, Hawaii is in danger of being significantly impacted by Hurricane Lane, whether or not the hurricane directly hits the state, according to a state press release.

For Honolulu, tropical storm winds are expected Thursday and hurricane force winds are possible Thursday night into Friday morning. On Oahu, damaging winds could begin as early as Thursday evening, with unsafe hurricane force winds possible by Friday morning.

'This is expected to result in very heavy rainfall, potentially leading to flash flooding'.

In pictures released by the NOAA, the phenomenon known as "stadium effect" can be seen inside the eye of Hurricane Lane.

Hurricane Watch issued for Oahu and Kauai.

Earlier Tuesday evening, the weather service issued a hurricane warning for the Big Island.

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

At 5:00 AM Wednesday, Lane weakened slightly - becoming a Category 4 storm, and has a maximum sustained winds near 155 miles per hour with higher gusts.

A hurricane warning in effect for Hawaii's Big Island was extended Wednesday to the island of Maui, The National Weather Service said. Lane is 370 miles SSE of Kailua-Kona and 530 miles SSE of Honolulu.

There are only two hurricanes on record that have made landfall in Hawaii, and both were on Kauai: Category 1 Dot hit in 1959 and catastrophic Category 4 Iniki came ashore in 1992.

"(I'm) filling up my bathtub with some water, hoping to board up my main windows in time", a shopper on the Big Island, Shana Bartolome, told CNN affiliate KHON on Tuesday.

Residents along affected shores should be alert for high and unsafe surf conditions.



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