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Hurricane Lane could threaten, Hawaii, as the track shifts closer to the islands

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National weather forecast for Tuesday, August 21

Janice Dean has your FoxCast.

A hurricane watch has been issued for parts of Hawaii on Tuesday as powerful Hurricane Lane is expected to move in the direction of the Hawaiian islands later this week.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET advisory that Lane is a category 4 storm with constant winds of 150 km / h), moved at 12 km / h and is located about 450 km south-southeast of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.

A hurricane watch was issued for Hawaii and Maui counties such as Lane continues to barrel in the direction of the state.

“Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area on Thursday,” the CPHC said. “Excessive rainfall associated with the Lane is expected to affect parts of the Hawaiian Islands from Wednesday into the weekend, leading to flooding and landslides.”

The forecast track of Hurricane Lane, with hurricane watches posted for Hawaii and Maui counties.

(Central Pacific Hurricane Center)

Lane is expected to gradually turn to the west-northwest Wednesday, making it “very close” to the Hawaiian islands later this week, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

“What is uncertain is the exact track and how strong the system will be as it approaches land,” Dean said Tuesday.

The eye of the Hurricane Lane as seen at the satellite on Monday.

(NWS)

Lane is not as strong as it is right now if it makes the approach close to Hawaii by the end of the week, but could still pose a “serious threat”, such as a hurricane or strong tropical storm.

“Hurricanes are a rarity for this region,” Dean said Tuesday. “There are only three that hit the western island of Kauai: Iniki in 1992 and Iwa in 1982 and Dot in 1959.”

Residents and tourists on the islands can expect dangerous surf conditions and rip currents, in addition to the heavy rain and flooding. Possible tropical storm winds could come as early as Wednesday for the eastern islands of the state.

Hurricanes are a rarity for this region. There are only three that hit the western island of Kauai: Iniki in 1992 and Iwa in 1982 and Dot in 1959.

– Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean

“Interests elsewhere in the main Hawaiian Islands, and on the Northwestern Islands of hawaii, should continue to closely monitor the progress of the Hurricane Lane,” forecasters said.

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Government officials have told residents and visitors to stay alert for any changes of the forecast as the Lane approaches.

This graph shows the most likely time of arrival for sustainable tropical storm force winds (39+ MPH) #Lane. Follow @NWSHonolulu for the most recent prognosis and possible local effects. pic.twitter.com/fcx0DIfSr4

— NWS (@NWS), 21 August 2018

“Some people would say, ‘Even a hurricane, it didn’t hit us last time, we do not need to be afraid.’ No, we have plans for the worst and hope for the best,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told Hawaii News Now.

The mayor of Maui echoed with warnings to residents to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

“Anyone who is waiting until the storm hits to prepare will find themselves running around at the last moment, standing in line at the gas stations and supermarkets, Mayor Alan Arakawa said in a statement. “So prepare now and avoid on the road when you should be safe at home.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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