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Lane weakens to Category 2 overnight, Excessive rainfall expected

A Hurricane Warning continues for Oahu and Maui County (including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe). All preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Hawaii County. A Hurricane Watch continues for Kauai County, including the islands of Kauai and Niihau. Interests in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Hurricane Lane.

Hurricane Lane is centered as of 5 a.m. HST (11 a.m. EDT) about 145 miles (235 km) west-southwest of Kailua-Kona and about 180 miles (290 km) south of Honolulu. On the latest forecast track, the center of Lane will move dangerously close to portions of the central Hawaiian islands later today and tonight. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional weakening is forecast later today and tonight, but Lane is expected to remain a dangerous hurricane as it approaches the islands. Further weakening is expected on Saturday.

Rain bands will continue to overspread the Hawaiian Islands well ahead of Lane. Excessive rainfall associated with this slow moving hurricane will continue to impact the Hawaiian Islands into the weekend, leading to catastrophic and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with localized amounts up to 40 inches possible over portions of the Hawaiian Islands. More than 30 inches of rain has already fallen at a couple locations on the windward side of the Big Island.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along south and west facing shores near the center of Lane. The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

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