Hurricane Lane to impact Hawaii over the next few days

Olive Hawkins
September 10, 2018

They added, "Slow weakening is forecasted during the next 48 hours, but Lane is to remain a unsafe hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands". "It's sad to see the (impact on) the Big Island".

Meteorologist Chevy Chevalier said Lane may drop to a Category 3 by Thursday afternoon but that would still be a major hurricane.

Gov. David Ige has declared a state of emergency.

Hurricane Lane poses a "potential threat to life and property", according to the NWS, and "efforts to protect property should now be underway".

At the Hilton Hawaiian Village, guest Elisabeth Brinson said hotel staff left a notice that rooms will still have water and phone service, and a backup generator would power one elevator per building in the event of an electrical outage.

Lane could even make landfall over the islands, but it's too early to accurately predict the storm's path. The airline added two more flights from Honolulu to San Francisco on Thursday to help transport people off the islands.

"We've been very fortunate", he said.

But Hurricane Lane made a rare track toward Hawaii, which rarely has waters warm enough to feed, and sustain, powerful storms.

Shelters were being readied to open on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

"When everybody finishes work, they'll have time".

State offices on Hawaii island and Maui will be closed Wednesday through Friday.

Maui County remains under a hurricane warning, along with the Big Island. He says it's possible Oahu and Kauai might eventually be included in a watch.

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Many live near beaches and streams that could face flooding.

U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii were instructed to leave port, a common practice as a hurricane approaches to avoid damage.

Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander of the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, said Wednesday that all ships not now undergoing maintenance are being moved. All vessels not now undergoing maintenance were being positioned to help respond after the storm, if needed. Mount Kilauea began producing lava flows in early May and portions of the southeastern coastline of the Big Island have been transformed by the lava flows that covered over 13 square miles (35 square kilometers).

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for parts of Hawaii.

"Warm waters and a somewhat favorable wind shear environment should allow Lane to remain a Category 3 or 4 hurricane with winds of at least 115 miles per hour through Wednesday", said The Weather Channel.

"We expect it to gradually weaken as it gets closer to the islands", Chevalier said.

Pablo Akira Beimler, who lives on the coast in Honokaa on the Big Island, said the road to Hilo was cut off due to landslides.

Lane is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additionally, Dye reported that offshore buoys have started to detect high waves.

It is not clear if the storm will directly strike the islands or just graze them, but authorities warned of heavy rains, flash flooding and strong winds.

The hurricane was about 305 miles south of Kailua-Kona and moving northwest toward other islands.

"Lane is forecast to pass near the Hawaiian Islands this week, potentially bringing dangerously strong winds, rough seas and large swells", the National Weather Service said in a statement.

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