Hawaii's Hurricane Lane weakens to Category 4 - but still powerful

Hawaii's Hurricane Lane weakens to Category 4 - but still powerful

Hawaii's Hurricane Lane weakens to Category 4 - but still powerful

"The center of Lane will track dangerously close to the islands Thursday through Saturday", the NHC said in a Wednesday advisory.

"Even if you don't get the winds materializing, here's the thing, winds are on the low end. but they're saying it's possible they can get to 110 if the storm takes a closer path to the island, so that's why we need to be really careful", Parkinson said. Officials have encouraged residents to stock up on supplies and prepare their homes for the storm, creating scenes more familiar in southeastern USA states.

The hurricane will deliver a combination of torrential rainfall, high winds and risky surf as it approaches Hawaii, Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll told USA TODAY.

What's it like to be in the middle of Hurricane Lane?

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40miles (65km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).

Kauai resident Mike Miranda was 12 when Hurricane Iniki struck the island 26 years ago.

The Air Force Reserve's group of hurricane Hunters also flew into the storm Tuesday.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", according to the agency.

Hurricane winds (74 miles per hour and higher) could hit the Big Island and Maui County on Thursday.

CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV reports a hurricane warning was issued Wednesday for Maui County and a hurricane watch for Kauai County.

But Hurricane Lane looks poised to affect the Aloha State, and was about 480 miles southeast of Honolulu early Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, just above the Category 5 threshold.

Hawaiian islands remain vulnerable as category 4 Hurricane Lane passes south of the Big Island. It is believed that Hurricane Lane will bring heavy and potentially risky rainfall, with totals anticipated to reach 10 to 15 inches and more than 20 inches in isolated areas, posing the threat of flash flooding and mudslides. The CPHC forecasts continue to show that all islands are at risk from direct effects from the core of Hurricane Lane.

'It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian islands will be directly impacted by Lane, ' the weather service said. "These swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along exposed west, south and east facing shorelines".

In addition to strong winds, the primary threats will be rough surf, coastal erosion, and heavy rainfall, even if the center of the storm does not move directly over the islands.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is allowing non-essential state employees on the Big Island and Maui to go on administrative leave. Everyone should take this hurricane very seriously and should prepare accordingly.

Public schools on the Big Island and in Maui County closed Wednesday until further notice. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Big Island, a Hurricane Watch has been issued for O'ahu and Maui County.

The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Hawaii was Category 4 Iniki, which made landfall on Kauai island on September 11, 1992, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Done this 21st day of August 2018 in Hilo, Hawai'i.

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