Hurricane Lane Forecast to Turn Toward Hawaii with Swell, Wind, Weather Impacts

by Edgar Hayes August 22, 2018, 17:07
Hurricane Lane Forecast to Turn Toward Hawaii with Swell, Wind, Weather Impacts

A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or risky.

Storm preparation kicked into high gear across the state Tuesday as Hurricane Lane made its anticipated turn toward the islands. The proclamation also authorizes the expenditure of state monies as appropriated for the speedy and efficient relief of damages, losses, and suffering resulting from Hurricane Lane.

SURF: Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands, beginning tonight on the Big Island, spreading across the remainder of the island chain on Wednesday.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii county while a hurricane watch has been issued for Maui county. The central Pacific basin also just doesn't see many tropical cyclones - only about 5 per year - making it much less active than the eastern Pacific Basin, near the coast of Mexico and Central America, or the western Pacific, which sends massive typhoons crashing into Asia.

The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles (260 kilometres) per hour.

The gas lines were long at Costco in Kahului on Tuesday as Hurricane Lane approached the Hawaiian Islands.

The hurricane strengthened to a major Category 4 storm on Tuesday (Aug 21) and was expected to hit Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday with winds capable of damaging roofs and knocking out power, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned.

The "center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday", the weather service said in its forecast Tuesday night local time.

But Klemetti does point out that there could be a threat of heavy rain "remobilizing some of the loose debris and ash" left in the recent lava flows.

Bryce and Dom Boeder of Waimea, Kauai, load their truck with storm supplies in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Lihue, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

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.

Tornadoes and large waterspouts will be possible due to Lane, mainly along and to the right of the track of the hurricane, the weather service said.

The center said Lane's heavy rain and strong winds could bring heavy swells, flash flooding and landslides.

The city will not be issuing any additional camping permits for this weekend, he said, and will consider revoking current permits if necessary.

The long and short of it: It's still too soon to know the impacts, if any, the storm will have on any of the islands.

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