Hawaii Braces For Hurricane Lane, Now A Category 5

Thursday, 23 Aug, 2018

The latest track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has just about all the island chain inside the "Cone of Uncertainty".

Residents in low lying areas of Ka'u and Kona subject to wave impacts must take necessary precautions to protect life and property due to unsafe storm surge and large waves.

Hurricane Lane, a very rare Category 5 hurricane in the Pacific Ocean, is threatening to wreak havoc on the Hawaiian islands, with tropical storm and possibly hurricane conditions appearing as early as Wednesday night.

Lane is expected to turn toward the northwest Wednesday, followed by a north-northwest turn Thursday through Saturday, pushing the center of the storm near or over the main Hawaiian Islands. Officials have encouraged residents to stock up on supplies and prepare their homes for the storm, creating scenes more familiar in southeastern US states.

"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".

Gov. David Ige urged residents on Tuesday to be prepared for "significant impact" from Hurricane Lane. "I've not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I've seen with this storm".

Additional Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches and Warnings will likely be issued for other Hawaiian 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.

Schools on the Big Island and in Maui County have already been closed until further notice. The winds will knock down trees and power poles.

Hawaiians scrambled to prepare for the storm's arrival.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration has been sending multiple aircraft into and around the storm in order to help observe the hurricane and improve the forecast, providing a better idea of the threat Lane presents to Hawaii. Impacts on Kauai County and Oahu are also possible, and a Hurricane Watch is in effect there.

"I remember how very little rain fell".

All ships and subs not undergoing maintenance have begun to depart the harbor ahead of Hurricane Lane, Rear Adm. Brian Fort, the commander of Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, said.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the island of Hawaii. "But I remember the wind being the strongest force of nature I've ever witnessed and probably the scariest sounds I've ever heard in my life", resident Mike Miranda, who was 12 years old in 1992, told the Associated Press.