Keep close eye on hurricane

HONOLULU — Weather forecasters warn that the entire state of Hawaii needs to brace for a possible hurricane strike.

The National Weather Service says that’s because of the uncertainty of Hurricane Lane’s path and intensity.

As of Monday evening, the Category 4 storm was about 515 miles southeast of Hilo on the Big Island, or about 725 miles from the state’s capital city of Honolulu, 820 miles southeast of Lihue and 855 miles southwest of Niihau.

Hurricane Lane had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and was moving west at 12 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

The NWS in Hawaii issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the southern and western portions of the Big Island’s coastline.

“Strong winds associated with Hurricane Lane may impact waters south of the Big Island as early as Wednesday morning, with rough seas and swells expected to increase Tuesday night,” the NWS reported.

Hurricane Hector passed south of the islands two weeks ago and primarily caused high surf.

Lane, however, is expected to take a northwest turn toward Hawaii today or Wednesday.

Meteorologist Leigh Anne Eaton says the earliest parts of the state could see tropical storm-force winds would be Wednesday.


The Garden Island and Associated Press

  1. I saw a Vampire once August 20, 2018 1:42 pm Reply

    That is good to know. We can smile. Doppler radar. Library. Stan Gibilisco. He’s an engineer. 90% correct means you’re him.

  2. harry oyama August 20, 2018 7:15 pm Reply

    So what has your politicians done to prepare these islands for when and if hurricane Lane hits, especially Oahu? During Iniki while on Kauai where it caused $billions of dollars damage, I asked the Civil Defense director how would they handle a situation if Hurricane Iniki a category 4 storm had hit Oahu.

    He said that because of the massive amount of people being impacted, they would probably have to set up FEMA tents on outer islands to assist many until they could fix the damaged infractures on Oahu. There is simply no way to feed, house or care for all the residents of Oahu.

    So while Rail sucks $billions away from taxpayers and now Mayor Kim wants more than 1/2 $billion to rebuild what was damaged by lava, where will the money come from to help those who may be hit by hurricane Lane? Greed and incompetence has put Hawaii;s residents in this situation. So vote the crooks out this November.

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