Hawaii braces as Hurricane Lane strengthens into Category 5 storm

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

Longtime Hawaii residents were reminded of the destruction caused by Hurricane Iniki in 1992, which according to Hawaii News Now, made landfall on Kauai island in September of that year as a Category 4 storm with 145 miles per hour winds.

A hurricane watch means hurricane-force winds are possible within the area in the next 48 hours. If the storm pursues more of a westerly course, it may just brush the islands.

Hurricane Lane could bring rainfalls of close to half a metre. The last was Hurricane John in 1994.

Lane has maximum winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and is about 450 miles (725 km) southeast of Hawaii's big island.

Earlier Tuesday, the weather service issued a hurricane warning for Hawaii island (known as the Big Island) and a hurricane watch for Oahu, Maui and other smaller islands, meaning tropical storm-force winds, excessive rain and large swells could arrive starting Wednesday.

As of Monday, the storm is about 600 miles (966 kilometers) southeast of Hilo on the Big Island, or about 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) from the state's capital city of Honolulu. These swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along exposed south and west facing shorelines.

In addition to strong winds, the primary threats will be rough surf, coastal erosion, and heavy rainfall, even if the center of the storm does not move directly over the islands. Still, "Lane is forecast to remain a unsafe hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian islands", the CPHC said.

The biggest impact is likely to be on the Big Island Thursday and Friday.

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The latest forecast model indicates Lane will remain a very strong, and risky storm and will maintain on its current track through tonight, turning further northwest Wednesday.

While most hurricanes moving in from the east will struggle to maintain strength as they pass over the colder pool of water east of the Hawaiian Islands, the path Lane is projected to take - moving up from the south - gives it the best chance to stay organized, as warmer water does stretch closer to the islands on their south side.

"Due to a continued high degree of uncertainty on the forecast track and intensity of Lane, hurricane impacts could be felt across any of the Hawaiian Islands".

Life-threatening weather conditions can extend well away from the center of the hurricane and interests throughout Hawaii are urged to closely monitor the progress of Lane over the next few days.

Eaton said Lane appears to be moving closer to the islands than Hector did when it went through the Pacific earlier this month.

Starting Wednesday night it was forecast to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands, the centre said.

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