Hurricane Lester strengthens and continues moving westward toward the Hawaiian Island

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2PM UPDATE

At 200 PM HST (0000 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lester was located near latitude 18.5 North, longitude 145.4 West. Lester is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). This motion is expected to continue through the afternoon, followed by a gradual turn toward the west-northwest this evening through Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 960 mb (28.35 inches).

SUMMARY OF 200 PM HST…0000 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…18.5N 145.4W
ABOUT 640 MI…1030 KM E OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 840 MI…1350 KM E OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…120 MPH…195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…960 MB…28.35 INCHES

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Hawaii County
* Maui County including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane force winds are possible within the watch area. A Hurricane Watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Interests elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Lester.

Keep listening to B-97 B-93 for the latest updates…