Lester moving west-northwest and gradually weakening (11am FRI)

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At 1100 AM HST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lester was located near latitude 20.1 North, longitude 149.8 West. Lester is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue through the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 972 mb (28.71 inches).

LOCATION…20.1N 149.8W
ABOUT 345 MI…555 KM E OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 530 MI…850 KM E OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…105 MPH…165 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…972 MB…28.71 INCHES

High surf advisory remains in effect until 6 PM HST this evening for Hawaii Island. High surf warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM HST Saturday…

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for  Maui County including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe. Also Oahu

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. In this case, conditions are possible in the next 18 to 36 hours.