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Hurricane Lane may be a threat to portions of the Hawaiian Islands this week

All interests in the Hawaiian Islands, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, should continue to closely monitor the progress of Lane this week. On the current forecast track, a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch may be required for parts of Hawaii later today or tonight.

Hurricane Lane is centered as of 5 a.m. HST (11 a.m EDT) about 615 miles (990 km) southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. The hurricane is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today. Lane is forecast to move westward at a slightly slower forward speed from tonight through early Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest starting late Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in strength is expected through early Tuesday, with some weakening possible starting late Tuesday.

Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands this week. These swells will likely produce large and dangerous surf, as well as strong currents, along some shorelines.

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