Cat. 4 Hurricane Lane continues toward Hawaii

At 11:00AM HST, the center of Hurricane Lane was located by U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 14.3 North, longitude 153.2 West.

Lane is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph and this motion is expected to continue through tonight.  A turn toward the northwest is expected Wednesday into Thursday.  On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph with hight gusts.  Lane is a powerful Category 4 hurricane on n the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some weakening is expected over the next 48 hours however, Lane is forecast to to remain a dangerous hurricane as is draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

We’ll have updates throughout the day and night on our stations at KWXX 94.7FM Hilo, 101.5FM Kona, B97.1FM Hilo and B93.1FM Kona and KPUA AM 670 Hilo