Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a category 3 hurricane as of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. update.
Forecasters say that some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Hurricane Lane is expected to remain at hurricane status as it draws closer to the islands.
As of 2 p.m., the center of Hurricane Lane was about 190 miles southwest of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island and about 260 miles south of Honolulu.
Hurricane Lane is moving toward the north-northwest near six miles per hour, a slightly slower speed than was reported earlier in the day.
A slow general northward motion is expected to continue through Friday. A turn toward the west is expected Saturday and Sunday, with some increase in forward speed.
On the forecast track, the center of Hurricane Lane will move over, or dangerously close to portions of the main Hawaiian islands later in the day Thursday through Friday, CPHC forecasters.
Maximum sustained winds are near 125 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Hurricane-force winds are currently extending outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Maui County, along with Hawai`i County and Oahu.
Kauai and Niihau are currently under a Hurricane Watch.
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