Forecast: Hurricane Lester could impact the islands this weekend
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Hurricane Lester, in the 5:00 a.m. fix, is 435 miles east of Hilo and moving WNW at 14 mph.
The forecast track is now taking it a little farther north as it passes our island state over the weekend. That new track has lessened the chance of hurricane conditions for the Big Island, but that possibility remains for Maui County and Oahu.
Even with the new track, Lester is sending huge surf our way. The Big Island, Maui, and Molokai will see it first this afternoon. Waves of 10-18 feet are expected to build today and then grow even larger tonight and Saturday when the Big Island will see waves in the 15-25 foot range.
Maui and Molokai will see even bigger surf at 20-35 feet tonight and Saturday. Large waves are also expected for the east shores of Oahu and Kauai, just a little later into the weekend.
If you live or work along the exposed shorelines, make preparations for the dangerous and damaging surf.
Weather for today is looking pretty nice. Breezy trade winds, a few passing showers, and lots of sunshine. High in Honolulu will be 90 degrees.
High Surf Warning for east shores of the Big Island, Maui, and Molokai -- effective 6:00 p.m.
High Surf Advisory for the east shores of all islands.
Hurricane Watch for the islands of Maui County and Oahu; also coastal and channel waters around those islands.
Small Craft Advisory for all Hawaii waters.
Hurricane Warning for all waters more than 40 nautical miles offshore.