Hawaii Prepares for Hurricane Lane

A wide swatch of Virginia West Virginia western Pennsylvania and western New York are at risk for severe weather on Tuesday

The central Pacific gets fewer hurricanes than other regions. The islands will be on the northeast side of Lane, which is where the strongest winds and heaviest rains are found in hurricanes.

Lane's expected track brings the storm very close to the islands, and potential interaction with mountainous islands keeps a level of uncertainty in the forecast.

Heavy rainfall associated with Lane is expected to affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands from Wednesday into the weekend, leading to flash flooding and landslides.

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

A hurricane warning is now in effect for the Big Island, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Maui County and Oahu.

On Tuesday night, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Lane had strengthened to become a Category 5 hurricane, which means that it is likely to cause catastrophic damage with winds 157 miles per hour or above. It briefly attained Category 5 intensity Tuesday night and early Wednesday before gradual weakening commenced.

Flash flood watch for the state until Friday high surf warning for South facing shores of the Big Island and Maui County.

Whether making direct landfall or not, residents on the island chain should prepare for strong winds and torrential downpours (with possible flooding) as early as Thursday morning.

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Lane could become the first hurricane to directly make landfall in Honolulu since Hawaii became a state, Axios reported. Weather officials say Lane can bring 10 - 15 inches of rain in some spots, but may be higher in other areas.

"Everyone on O'ahu should take Hurricane #Lane seriously", tweeted Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Current forecast models call for 25-35 miles per hour winds with gusts reaching 55 miles per hour for leeward areas of Hawaii Island from North Kona to about Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Note that the strands are clustered together where the forecast track is most confident, but they diverge where the course of the storm is less certain.

According to data provided by the center, Lane's expected to be about 325 miles south-southeast of Kailua-Kona and 275 miles south-southeast of South Point by 6 a.m. today.

Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Tuesday to "provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering" caused by the hurricane.

They are also working with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and hotels to be sure visitors are informed of the hurricane and dangers that come with it.

"I remember how very little rain fell".

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