HONOLULU – The Last Hurricane Lane (all times are local):
The National weather Service says that Hurricane Lane head in the direction of Hawaii is now a Category 4 hurricane and that some weakening of the storm is the forecast for the next two days.
The weather said Wednesday that the hurricane’s maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 kmh) with higher gusts.
The service says the hurricane is still assumed to be a dangerous hurricane as it gets closer to the islands.
The National Weather Service says the hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii’s Big Island has been extended to the island of Maui.
The National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Dye says Hurricane Lane was 320 miles (515 kilometers southeast of Hilo shortly before 5:30 pm
She says that the hurricane is moving northwest at about 9 km / h (15 km / h).
Dye says rain associated with the hurricane is started to see on the radar from the Big Island of Hawaii, and offshore buoys to detect higher than normal waves.
The meteorological service says tropical storm wind strength could begin as early as in the afternoon or evening on the Big Island.
Hawaii residents rushed to the stores to stock up on bottled water, windows that open, toilet paper and other supplies as they are confronted with the threat of heavy rainfall, floods and high waves as a reinforcement of the hurricane continued to churn to the state.
On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service has announced that the Hurricane Lane had grown to a Category 5 hurricane, which means that it will cause catastrophic damage with winds of 157 km / h or higher. The hurricane is about 500 miles (804 kilometers southeast of Honolulu.
Earlier Tuesday, the weather service issued a hurricane warning for Hawaii island and a hurricane watch for Oahu, Maui, and other smaller islands, meaning tropical storm-force winds, excessive rain and large swells could come from Wednesday.
Hurricane Lane “is forecast to move dangerously close to the main islands of hawaii as a hurricane, later this week can bring damaging winds and life-threatening floods from heavy rainfall,” the weather service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center warned as it got closer to the state.
The storm was moving west, but it is expected to the northwest in the direction of the state Wednesday. There is uncertainty about Lane’s path, or it moves to the north or to the south, meteorologist, Gavin Shigesato said.