Hurricane Lane strengthens to Category 5 as it heads toward Hawaii

Hurricane Lane strengthens to Category 5 storm as it nears Hawaii

Hurricane Lane Looks Absolutely Massive From Space

"As Lane is expected to be slow-moving as it nears the islands, it will produce large and damaging surf, mainly along exposed south and west facing shores", it added.

Hawaii has been issued with an extreme weather warning as Hurricane Lane hovers dangerously close to the islands.

"We're all working together to make sure we plan for the worst and hope for the best", he said. All county offices are scheduled to be open today.

On Tuesday night, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Lane had become a Category 5 hurricane, which means that it is likely to cause catastrophic damage with winds 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or above.

For Honolulu, tropical storm winds are expected Thursday and hurricane force winds are possible Thursday night into Friday morning.

"On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday", according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

The storm was located about 350 miles south-southeast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and 505 miles south-southeast of Honolulu, as of the CPHC's latest update.

Another hurricane is threatening to impact Hawaii this week, as risky Category 4 Hurricane Lane approaches the Central Pacific island chain just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.

In anticipation of the storm, Ige signed an emergency proclamation that declares certain counties of Hawaii disaster areas and allows for the spending of state money for quick and efficient relief for damages, loss and suffering. "Major impacts are likely in some areas". Rainfall accumulations are expected to be around 4 to 8 inches with locally higher amounts, he said. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours.

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Satellite view of the eye of Hurricane Lane. It has since returned to Category 4 status. Storm rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 inches with local amounts greater than 20 inches are possible.

A flash flood watch has been posted for Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon. This is where the wind will be strongest and the rain to be heaviest if the forecast track doesn't change.

He reminded people to have emergency kits ready and to "withdraw cash".

"The hospital is fully prepared to handle this storm", Donovan said.

"At this time, it looks like maybe Puna will be spared", county Managing Director Wil Okabe said of the beleaguered, rural district.

He said: "A lot of people are comparing the similarities between Iniki and Lane". The utility is also in contact with the Western Regional Mutual Assistance Group and other utility industry organizations ready to provide personnel and equipment as needed.

"Even if you don't get the winds materializing, here's the thing, winds are on the low end. but they're saying it's possible they can get to 110 if the storm takes a closer path to the island, so that's why we need to be really careful", Parkinson said.

Hurricane Lane is tracking closer to the Hawaiian isles. Parents with pupils attending public charter and private schools are urged to contact their school for closure information.

All beach parks, from South Point north to Kohala, will be closed until further notice. All after-school activities statewide are cancelled for the rest of the week. It declares counties of "Hawai'i, Maui, Kalawao, Kaua'i and the City and County of Honolulu disaster areas for the goal of implementing emergency management functions", his office said.

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