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Lane creeping closer to Hawaii, torrential rain soaking the Big Island

At 5:00 AM HST, the center of Hurricane Lane was located about 210 miles SSW of Kailua Kona. Lane is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest and little change in forward speed is expected today. A turn toward the north is anticipated tonight and Friday, as Lane’s forward motion slows. A turn toward the west is expected on Saturday and Sunday, with an increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the portions of the main Hawaiian islands later today through Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph with higher gusts. Lane is a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Steady weakening is forecast during the next couple of days. Lane is expected to remain a hurricane as it draws closer to the islands.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. NOAA buoy 51002 located about 250 miles southwest of the Big Island recently reported sustained winds of 50 mph and a gust of 64 mph.

Tropical storm conditions are expected on portions of the Big Island beginning later this morning, with hurricane conditions expected in some areas by tonight. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin over portions of Maui County later today, with hurricane conditions expected in some areas by Friday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin on Oahu late tonight, with hurricane conditions expected Friday into Friday night.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Hawaii County
  • Maui County including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe
  • Oahu

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Kauai

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