Deadly Category Four On Direct Path to Hit Hawaiian Islands

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Hurricane Lane, an intense and dangerous category 4 storm with sustained winds of 145mph, is barreling toward the Hawaiian Islands, at seven miles per hour, with the outer bands already drenching the coastal areas with heavy and damaging winds, rain and pounding surf.

With weather forecasters calling Hurricane Lane a rain producer, Islanders can expect heavy and intensifying downpours as the effects of Hurricane Lane are already being felt with local highways closed due to landslides.

The Big Island, Maui and Oahu are feeling the effects with increasing and dangerous wind and rains, with residents of Kauai experiencing the same intense conditions by Thursday night.


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The weather cone has the entire chain of Island in the direct path of Lane, whom all are calling a potentially life threatening storm. Flash floods, landslides, intense wind conditions with damaging debris and falling trees as well as the possibility of tornadoes are also expected.

Expect increasing threats for flash flooding as Lane moves northwestward and these heavy rains bands intensify over the islands Hurricane Lane will likely bring life threatening conditions across Hawaii through Saturday with damaging winds, dangerous surf, coastal storm surge and intense flooding rains.

Shelters across the island are open.

From the National Weather Service: Hurricane Lane remains a major category 4 storm this evening, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. As of 11 PM, Hurricane Lane was located around 235 miles south-southwest of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and 350 miles south-southeast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Lane is moving northwestward at around 7 mph.

This general motion is expected to continue tonight, with a turn more towards the north expected Thursday through Friday. A turn back toward the west is then expected on Saturday. The latest forecast track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center brings the center of Lane dangerously close to the Hawaiian Islands during the Thursday through Saturday time frame.

Regardless of the exact track of the storm, life threatening impacts are likely over many areas as this strong hurricane makes its closest approach. All individuals in Hawaii are urged not to focus on the exact forecast track or intensity of Lane, and be prepared for adjustments in future forecast updates. Although the official forecast does not explicitly indicate Lane's center making landfall over any of the islands, this could still occur.

The onset of damaging tropical storm-force winds on the Big Island could occur by early Thursday morning, with dangerous hurricane force winds expected in some areas Thursday afternoon or Thursday night. In Maui County, damaging tropical storm-force winds could begin late Thursday, with dangerous hurricane force winds expected Thursday night into Friday.


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On Oahu, damaging tropical storm force winds could begin as early as late Thursday night, with dangerous hurricane force winds expected Friday into Friday night. Hurricane Warnings may need to be expanded to Kauai County as Lane draws closer.

Outer rain bands and embedded thunderstorms associated with Hurricane Lane, are already producing heavy rainfall and flash flooding on the Big Island. Bands of intense showers and thunderstorms will continue to spread across the other islands from south-southeast to north-northwest tonight through Friday. Excessive rainfall is likely which could result in life threatening flash flooding, as well as landslides and mudslides. Flooding from these heavy rains will also be possible in areas that are typically not prone to flooding. Storm total rainfall amounts greater than 30 inches are possible.

Swells generated by Lane will produce very large and rough surf, with dangerous rip currents along south, southeast and southwest facing shores. Large surf is already occurring along southeast facing shores of the Big Island. Surf is expected to increase later tonight and Thursday along southwest facing shores of the Big Island as well as along south and southeast facing shores from Maui County to Kauai County.

Tornadoes and large waterspouts will be possible with Lane, mainly along and to the right of the track of the hurricane.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Kauai Leeward, Kauai Mountains, Kauai Windward, and Niihau 
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Big Island Interior, Big Island North and East, Big Island Summits, Central Oahu, Haleakala Summit, Kahoolawe, Kohala, Kona, Lanai Makai, Lanai Mauka, Leeward Haleakala, Maui Central Valley, Maui Leeward West, Maui Windward West, Molokai Leeward, Molokai Windward, Oahu Koolau, Oahu North Shore, Oahu South Shore, Olomana, South Big Island, Waianae Coast, Waianae Mountains, and Windward Haleakala

Now is the time to complete all preparations to protect life and property in accordance with your emergency plan. Ensure you are in a safe location before the onset of strong winds or possible flooding.

If you are relocating to safe shelter, leave as early as possible. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Many roads and bridges will be closed once strong winds arrive. Check the latest weather forecast before departing and drive with caution.

Failure to adequately shelter may result in serious injury or loss of life. Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with any orders that are issued. Remember, during the storm 9 1 1 Emergency Services may not be able to immediately respond if conditions are unsafe. This should be a big factor in your decision making.

Keep cell phones well charged. Cell phone chargers for automobiles can be helpful, but be aware of your risk for deadly carbon monoxide poisoning if your car is left idling in a garage or other poorly ventilated area.

It is important to remain calm, informed, and focused during an emergency. Be patient and helpful with those you encounter.

If you are a visitor, be sure to know the name of the city or town in which you are staying and the name of the county or parish in which it resides. Listen for these locations in local news updates. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities.

Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded roadway. Remember, turn around don't drown!

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or on a boat, consider moving to a safer shelter before the onset of strong winds or flooding.

Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings

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