Hurricane watch extended to Maui

Hurricane Lane satellite imagery. 5 p.m

Hurricane Lane satellite imagery. 5 p.m

Hawaii is bracing for Hurricane Lane, which could be the first hurricane to make landfall on the islands in decades.

The hurricane is about 500 miles (804 kilometers) southeast of Honolulu.

The storm was headed west-northwest at 9 miles per hour, however, forecasters expect a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday, followed by a turn to the north-northwest on Thursday.

The hurricane's current trajectory will take Hurricane Lane very close to the Big Island on Wednesday, with the expectation that it will have weakened to a category 3 hurricane.

A slow weakening of Lane is expected over the next two days but the system is expected to remain a risky hurricane as it draws nearer to the islands, the weather service said.

The weather service says that in a Category 5 hurricane, a high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed. It's possible Oahu and Kauai may later be included in an advisory for the hurricane.

Damaging tropical storm force winds could begin as early as Wednesday night in Maui County, with risky hurricane force winds possible starting Thursday, the weather service said.

The heaviest rain is moving into New England on Wednesday morning and some isolated flash flooding is possible.

In addition, large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands this week. "Large and potentially damaging surf" will affect exposed shorelines facing the west, south and east, the NWS said.




Hurricane Lane's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale for Hawaii is a 1 to 5 categorization based on the hurricane's intensity.

As of late Tuesday night, a hurricane warning was in effect for the Big Island and a hurricane watch was in effect for the rest of the state, the hurricane center said. This is where the wind will be strongest and the rain to be heaviest if the forecast track doesn't change.

In anticipation of the storm, Ige signed an emergency proclamation that declares certain counties of Hawaii disaster areas and allows for the spending of state money for quick and efficient relief for damages, loss and suffering.

Computer models mostly do not predict the storm to make a direct hit on the islands, which would be the worst-case scenario. "Regardless of the exact track of the center, life threatening impacts are likely in some areas as the hurricane makes its closest approach".

"People are getting ready, which is exactly what we want", Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. Deep tropical moisture associated with Lane will spread across all islands. "Storm total rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 inches with local amounts greater than 20 inches possible". They then placed the hurricane in category 5, the highest category a hurricane can be given.

Hurricane Lane, tropical storm force (39 mph+) wind probabilities.

Satellite view of the eye of Hurricane Lane.

Hurricane Lane, earliest reasonable arrival times of tropical storm force winds.

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