Category 5 moves closer to Hawai’i

At 1100 PM HST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lane was located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 154.5 West. Lane is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue tonight. A turn toward the northwest is expected on Wednesday, followed by a turn to the north-northwest on Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday.  Maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts.  Lane is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles

(220 km).

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HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected within the

Hurricane Warning area beginning late Wednesday night into

early Thursday morning, with hurricane conditions expected

somewhere within the warning area on Thursday. Tropical storm

conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area beginning

Thursday into Thursday night, with hurricane conditions possible

late Thursday night into Friday.

 

RAINFALL: Excessive rainfall associated with Lane is expected

to affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands from late Wednesday into

the weekend, leading to flash flooding and landslides. Lane is

expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with

isolated amounts greater than 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands.

 

SURF: Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian

Islands, beginning tonight on the Big Island, spreading

across the remainder of the island chain on Wednesday. These

swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along

exposed west, south and east facing shorelines.