Hurricane Lane, a dangerous Category 4 storm, heads toward Hawaii

Hawaii residents told to brace for 150mph winds and flash flooding from Hurricane Lane

Hawaii residents told to brace for 150mph winds and flash flooding from Hurricane Lane

A hurricane watch is in effect for the Big Island and Maui as islanders brace for potential effects from Hurricane Lane.

"It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian Islands will be directly impacted by Lane", the Hurricane Center said.

The storm is now moving westward at 14 miles per hour (22 km/h) and should continue to move west over the next day or so.

A hurricane watch has been issued for Hawaii and Maui counties as Hurricane Lane as it nears the Hawaiian Islands.

While the Big Island, at most immediate risk from Lane, has been hit by tropical depressions and storms, it also has never been struck directly by a hurricane-strength storm in modern records.

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

In addition to strong winds, the primary threats will be rough surf, coastal erosion, and heavy rainfall, even if the center of the storm does not move directly over the islands. "If the storm were to make a significant impact on the island of Oahu, in particular, it could cause flooding at Honolulu International Airport, the oil refinery at Barbers Point, and several large military installations, including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam", it noted.

The forecast track of Hurricane Lane, with hurricane watches posted for Hawaii and Maui counties. Eaton said Lane appears to be moving closer to the islands than Hector did when it went through the Pacific earlier this month.

"One thing is for sure, the coast will continue to feel the impacts of swell, gradually increasing with the approaching storm to a peak around mid-week with strong surf (large waves for some of the well-exposed areas)", Warren said.

Fortunately the eruptive activity of Kilauea has "paused", with no new lava flows since August 9, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The latest track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has just about all the island chain inside the "Cone of Uncertainty".

Only four named storms have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959 (two hurricanes and two tropical storms). The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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