Hurricane Lane: Monster Storm Targeting Hawaii

Major Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm, is heading toward Hawaii, forecasters warn

National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Dye said the storm was 320 miles southeast of Hilo shortly before 5:30 a.m. local time and that it was moving northwest at about 9 mph.

More hurricane watches were expected to be issued for other Hawaiian islands, said the Honolulu-based hurricane center. Roofs and walls will collapse.

After Lane makes its turn to the northwest Wednesday to Thursday, track and intensity forecasts remain uncertain because of the interaction with island mountains and increasing vertical wind shear.

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo will remain closed on Thursday, August 23, 2018 for precautionary measures in anticipation of unsafe storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.

Preparations there are now being rushed to completion as tropical-storm force winds are forecast to arrive in the warning area by late Wednesday or early Thursday. A hurricane watch was in effect for Oahu and Kauai.

The state closed all government offices on Maui and the Big Island starting Wednesday.

A hurricane warning is usually made about 36 hours before tropical-storm-force are expected to hit a location. "A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe".

"Regardless of what happens in the eye of the hurricane, there's going to be the potential for a lot of rain - 10-15 inches, perhaps even higher than that", Doll said.

- The National Weather Service says that Hurricane Lane headed toward Hawaii has been is now a Category 4 hurricane and that some weakening of the storm is forecast over the next two days.

The Category 4 storm is expected to cause widespread destruction when it makes landfall later this week. Especially in this high terrain, such rainfall could lead to devastating flash flooding and mudslides.

The National Weather Service issues rare hurricane watches and warnings for parts of the Hawaiian Islands ahead of impacts from Hurricane Lane set to hit later this week.

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

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday to "provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering" caused by the hurricane. These swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along exposed west, south and east facing shorelines.

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