Schools close on Big Island as hurricane approaches Hawaii

10 September, 2018, 10:57 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Hurricane Lane earliest reasonable arrival times of tropical storm force winds. PC 11 p.m

"Even if the center of Lane were to remain offshore, it is important to remember that impacts from a hurricane can extend well away from the center".

Starting Wednesday night it was forecast to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands, the center said. Officials urged those needing the Molokai shelter to get there soon because of concerns that the main highway on the island's south coast could become impassable.

Maui County remains under a hurricane warning, along with the Big Island.

While tourists in Waikiki have good shelter places, visitors in many remote regions and relying on non-concrete buildings on Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai should be aware of a possibly unsafe situation.

Many live near beaches and streams that could face flooding.

Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander of the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, said Wednesday that all ships not now undergoing maintenance are being moved.

Iniki's turn into the islands was sudden, he recalled.

Late Tuesday, the storm was located about 644 kilometers (400 miles) south-southeast of Hilo on the island of Hawaii, known as the Big Island.

Yesterday (Aug. 21), Hurricane Lane was bumped up to a Category 5 storm - the highest ranking assigned to a storm based on wind speeds and expected damage.

He says it may diminish to a Category 3 by Thursday afternoon but that would still be a major hurricane.

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At the time of this GPM pass Lane was a category five on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale with winds of about 140 knots (161 mph).

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.

Weather forecasts show high surf, rip currents, winds, and heavy rain no matter which way the storm heads and, in light of the storm's track and bad weather, Hawaiian Airlines is now offering travel waivers to travelers who would like to avoid the storm.

A hurricane warning has been issued for Hawaii's Big Island.

Only four named storms - two hurricanes and two tropical storms - have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959.

Winds and rain from the hurricane are expected to hit the Big Island, then churn north over the islands of Maui, Lanai and Moloka'i.

Tropical-storm-force winds - 39-73 miles per hour - and rain could arrive at the Big Island and Maui County late Wednesday and early Thursday, and at the other islands Thursday or Friday.

The National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center expects Lane to move very close to over Hawaii from Thursday through Saturday.

The storm had been moving west, but it is expected to turn northwest towards the state on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Hurricane Hector followed a similar path toward Hawaii but stayed south of the islands.

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