Hurricane Lane hurtling toward Hawaii

Hurricane Lane 5-day forecast track. 11 p.m

Hurricane Lane 5-day forecast track. 11 p.m

Lane is only one of two category 5 hurricanes to pass within 350 miles of the state according to database records.

Unfortunately NOAA's "hurricane hunter" aircraft that flies through the center of the storm had to be grounded Tuesday morning, as it needed to be examined after "encountering strong turbulence last night" when flying through Lane, according to NOAA.

Hawaii residents have rushed to stores to stock up on bottled water, ramen, toilet paper and other supplies as they faced the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf.

Global Affairs Canada issued the alert on Wednesday and cited Hawaii County, Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe, Oahu and Kauai, as areas to avoid.

A swell generated by Lane could bring very large and rough surf and risky rip currents for south- and southeast-facing shores, the weather service said.

"I ask that we all prepare for the worst and hope for the best", Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said Tuesday evening.

As Hurricane Lane bears down on Hawaii, three dozen people from California were preparing Wednesday to leave for the islands to help in the relief effort.

The Hawaiian Islands could see more than 20 inches of rain over the next several days from this hurricane.




On Tuesday night, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Lane had become a Category 5 hurricane, which means that it is likely to cause catastrophic damage with winds 157 miles per hour or above.

Mark Antolin and his son load sand to fill sand bags into his truck as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. August 22, 2018. Storm surge is also likely to be an issue, but which locations see surge, and how high it is, will depend on the exact track of the storm.

A satellite image shows Hurricane Lane in the Central Pacific Ocean on Wednesday. While the storm is not certain to make landfall, it's expected to linger near the islands until Saturday, bringing with it extreme rains and damaging winds.

'It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian islands will be directly impacted by Lane, ' the weather service said.

All residents should review preparedness plans and take early precautionary measures at this time.

It's rare for hurricanes to hit Hawaii because an area of high pressure that sits to the northeast of the islands steers the hurricanes away.

More watches and even warnings could be necessary for additional islands as the storm moves closer in the next day or two.

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