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UPDATE: Lane maintains Category 5 strength as Hurricane approaches the islands

At 11:00 PM HST, the center of Hurricane Lane was located about 350 miles SSE of Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Lane is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph and this motion is expected to continue tonight. A turn toward the northwest is expected on Wednesday, followed by a turn to the north-northwest on Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 160 mph with higher gusts. Lane is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Hawaii County

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

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

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This story has been updated at 11:08 PM 8/21/2018

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