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Category 4 Hurricane Lane Takes Aim For Hawaii, Winds Exceeding 155 miles per hour

Category 4 Hurricane Lane Takes Aim For Hawaii, Winds Exceeding 155 miles per hour

As Hurricane Lane barrels toward Hawaii as a Category 4 storm, longtime residents are recalling the last time a hurricane made a direct hit on the state.

On Sunday night, hurricane hunters are flying through Hurricane Lane to gather data about the storm that will be used for the National Hurricane Center to develop more accurate forecasts.

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.

The storm was in the Pacific about 285 miles south of the Big Island town of Kailua-Kona early Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.

Meanwhile the weather service issued a high-surf advisory at 6 a.m. today to expire at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with 5- to 8-foot surf forecast for east-facing shores of the Big Island and Maui.

Lane is moving west-northwest and is expected to make a gradual turn northwest Wednesday, bringing it "dangerously close" to the island chain as a hurricane Thursday through Saturday.

Chevalier says that by early Friday, the hurricane is forecast to be a Category 2 with winds up to 110 miles per hour (177 kph) and the center located west of Hawaii Island and south of Honolulu.

"Water temperatures along the forecast track will be sufficiently warm to support a major hurricane, and thus any significant weakening before Lane draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands will likely be due to shear", forecasters said. Six people died as a result of the storm, and more than 100 were injured, according to a CPHC report on the 1992 hurricane season.

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Hurricane lane, damaging a strong category 4 storm, heading in the direction of the Islands, but is expected to weaken and will pass the southern tip of Hawaii, the only part of the "hitting" state.

Members of the Alapahoe outrigger canoe club move their canoes off the beach to higher ground as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. August 21, 2018.

All public schools on the Big Island and Maui will be closed starting Wednesday until further notice, said Gov. David Ige.

Winds near the center of the hurricane are whipping up to 160 miles per hour - strong enough to blow down trees and power lines.

Kauai resident Mike Miranda was 12 when Hurricane Iniki devastated the island.

"I remember how very little rain fell".

"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.

"A lot of people who moved here and never experienced a hurricane. they're the ones rushing to the store", he said.


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