Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hurricane watch issued as Lane nears Hawaiian islands

Hurricane watch issued as Lane nears Hawaiian islands

Hurricane Lane is now about 450 miles south-southeast of Kaliua Kona, which is on the west side of the Big Island, or about 620 miles southeast of Honolulu, according to Leigh Anne Eaton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office. We take a look at the expected impacts from this storm, and why it's so rare, below.

"Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands", the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

He said his biggest concern is flooding.

But forecast models are indicating that Lane will turn in a more northerly direction by Wednesday, which will bring the center of Lane very close to Hawaii and Maui counties on Thursday, the Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters warned of large swells that could produce unsafe surf and strong currents along some shorelines. 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.

Data from the aircraft indicate that as of 6:20 p.m., maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 miles per hour with higher gusts, putting Lane at Category 5 intensity.

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Which other Hawaiian islands are at risk?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration has been sending multiple aircraft into and around the storm in order to help observe the hurricane and improve the forecast, providing a better idea of the threat Lane presents to Hawaii.

The Big Island itself has only had 14 system on record pass within a one hundred mile radius.

The latest track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has just about all the island chain inside the "Cone of Uncertainty".

Current images of the hurricane show it swirling through the Pacific Ocean south of the Hawaiian islands. The proclamation also authorizes the expenditure of state monies as appropriated for the speedy and efficient relief of damages, losses, and suffering resulting from Hurricane Lane. Notice how they are largely clustered to the south and southeast of the state.

The forecast track will likely change some over the coming days as Lane interacts with the surrounding atmosphere and the impact from the friction that is caused as Lane nears the islands, namely the Big Island's mountains.

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