Hurricane Lane: Holiday hotspot braced for LIFE THREATENING conditions

Hawaii residents told to brace for 150mph winds and flash flooding from Hurricane Lane

This does not mean a direct hit is likely at the moment, but impacts from the storm appear more likely with most recent data. Remember that life threatening weather conditions can extend well away from the center of the hurricane.

At 8 p.m. HST on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, the eye of Hurricane Lane was located by Air Force Reserve aircraft 365 miles S of Hilo; 385 miles SSE of Kailua-Kona; 320 miles SSE of South Point; 450 miles SSE of Hāna; 465 miles SSE of Kahului; 495 miles SSE of Kaunakakai; 475 miles SSE of Lānaʻi City; 535 miles SSE of Honolulu (near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 154.1 West). The Category 4 hurricane is moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour, the weather service said.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

The National Weather Service warns that the entire state of Hawaii needs to brace for a possible hurricane strike because of the uncertainty of Lane's path and its intensity. Deep tropical moisture associated with Lane will spread across all islands.

Rainfall of 20 inches (51cm) in some areas could lead to major flash flooding, landslides and mudslides, the NWS said.

Very heavy rainfall is expected over parts of the island chain from Wednesday into the weekend, with widespread accumulations in excess of 200 mm expected - and some locally higher amounts.




A flash flood watch has been posted for Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon. As Lane is expected to be slow-moving as it nears the islands, it will produce large and damaging surf. Wave heights of 6 to 12 feet are expected. While the storm is expected to weaken slightly as it makes its northward move, it will likely still be a powerful hurricane as it approaches the islands. This may lead to unsafe rip currents. Just 4 percent of hurricanes and typhoons are annular, and they are known for their staying power, weakening more slowly under unfavorable conditions compared with conventional storms.

The weather service said it is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian Islands will be directly impacted by Lane.

But forecast models are indicating that Lane will turn in a more northerly direction by late Tuesday and Wednesday, which could put it on track to bring significant impacts to the islands.

Those not under evacuation orders should assess the risk from wind, falling trees and flooding.

Ige said the emergency proclamation will allow the state to be proactive by pre-positioning state assets to support county emergency responders.

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