Hawaii braces for 'life threatening' category four hurricane

Hawaii braces for 'life threatening' category four hurricane

Hawaii braces for 'life threatening' category four hurricane

But "Lane is forecast to remain a unsafe hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands", the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, based in Honolulu, said.

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area, and is issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane Watches have been issued for Hawaii and Maui counties, in the eastern part of the islands.

Hurricane Lane weakened slightly over the weekend, from a Category 4 to a Category 3, but it continues to have maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour with some higher gusts.

The now Category 3 storm's westward motion is expected to continue through early Tuesday, however, a turn toward the west-northwest is expected to start late Tuesday.

Though it's still too early to know the precise impacts Lane could have on Hawaii, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said the state could see "excessive rainfall" through the weekend, strong winds and large, potentially damaging surf.

The National Weather Service said tropical-storm-force winds could begin as early as Wednesday afternoon on the Big Island.

On Tuesday morning, Lane was positioned 450 miles south-southeast of Kona, tracking west at 12 mph.

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Should hurricane-force winds materialize, it would result in "considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings", severe damage to mobile homes, "many large trees snapped or uprooted", "impassable" roads, and power outages, the National Weather Service said.

Hurricane Lane has strengthened into a Category 5 storm as it rolls toward Hawaii - just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.

Lane is a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale and was 675 miles (1,080km) south-east of Hilo, Hawaii as of 11pm HST on Sunday (10am BST Monday). The hurricane is about 500 miles (804 kilometers) southeast of Honolulu.

Gov. David Ige said he will allow non-essential state employees on the Big Island and Maui to go on administrative leave through Friday.

People check out at a grocery story ahead of Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Honolulu. Slight weakening is possible later today or tonight, but Lane will likely remain a powerful hurricane through Monday night, according to forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

The storm entered the Central Pacific as a Category 4 hurricane Saturday.

Six computer forecast models predict Lane's center will pass south of Hawaii next week, but the outer bands still could bring strong winds to the islands if the center gets close enough.

Miranda said his family is used to preparing for hurricane season.

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