At 500 AM HST, the eye of Hurricane Lane was located near latitude 14.1 North, longitude 152.3 West or 450 miles SSE of Kailua-Kona. Lane is moving toward the west near 12 mph and this motion is expected to continue through tonight, with a slight decrease in forward speed. A turn toward the northwest is expected Wednesday into Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Lane will pass close to Hawaii and Maui counties on Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph with higher gusts. Lane is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Slight weakening is expected the next couple of days, but Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.
Lane is forecast to move dangerously close to the main Hawaiian Islands as a hurricane later this week, potentially bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding from heavy rainfall. As Lane is expected to be slow-moving as it nears the islands, it will produce large and damaging surf, mainly along exposed south and west facing shores. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Hawaii and Maui counties, and additional Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches may be required later today or tonight.
Hurricane Watch for Hawaii Island and Maui County. That means hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.
High Surf Advisory for east shores of the Big Island and Maui. Southeast coast of the Big Island will see biggest surf initially... 6-12 feet. The big surf will spread to the other islands starting Wednesday.
Flash Flood Watch - Effective Wednesday morning through Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service says Lane will produce some very heavy rainfall, potentially leading to flash flooding.
Tropical Storm Watch for coastal waters east, south, and leeward of the Big Island. Tropical Storm force winds are possible in the next 48 hours.
Small Craft Advisory for the Pailolo and Alenuihaha channels, along with Maalaea Bay.
Hurricane Warning for all waters 40-240 nautical miles offshore.
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