Emergency proclamations signed ahead of Hurricane Lane’s expected arrival

Emergency proclamations signed ahead of Hurricane Lane’s expected arrival

The National Weather Service said in a statement: "Lane is forecast to pass near the Hawaiian Islands this week, potentially bringing dangerously strong winds, rough seas and large swells". The data was gathered from the NOAA P-3 aircraft.

The hurricane was expected to bring 160mph (260km/h) winds to Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday with gusts capable of damaging roofs and knocking out power, the NHC warned. Over the next day, the storm is predicted to turn more to the north, but how sharply is the critical question.

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.

Meteorologist Gavin Shigesato said: "It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian islands will be directly impacted by Lane".

The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding the public to stay off the water when hurricane or tropical storm force winds are present, and to stay clear of beaches.

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Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 40 miles from the center of Lane and tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 140 miles. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area beginning Thursday into Thursday night, with hurricane conditions possible late Thursday night into Friday.

While Lane's strength is expected to weaken slightly upon its approach to the Hawaiian islands, it was still expected to remain a unsafe hurricane.

The Hawaiian Islands could see more than 20 inches of rain over the next several days from this hurricane.

A statement added: "Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands this week".

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Lane was about 410 miles south-southeast of Kailua Kona with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. This is where the wind will be strongest and the rain to be heaviest if the forecast track doesn't change.

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"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the National Weather Service said.

The NWS says a hurricane warning is now in effect for the island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Maui County as well as Oahu island, where Honolulu is located.

"Data from the NOAA P-3 aircraft indicate that Lane has strengthened to a category 5 hurricane, and this special advisory represents an update to the current intensity, and the forecast intensity through the first 36 hours", the forecasters reported.

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

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