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Hurricane watch issued as Lane nears Hawaiian islands

Hurricane watch issued as Lane nears Hawaiian islands

The storm is expected to weaken to a Category 1 (sustained winds of 74-95 mph) by Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center says. But the agency cautioned, "Lane is forecast to remain a risky hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands".

Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander of the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, said Wednesday that all ships not now undergoing maintenance are being moved.

All Hawaii-based Navy aircraft will be kept in hangars or flown to other airfields to avoid the storm.

The National Weather Service says the hurricane will still pack a wallop for Hawaii on Thursday before gradually slowing over the next two days.

But Hurricane Lane looks poised to bring much more significant impacts to the state, as the forecast puts the storm very close to the islands, with a direct landfall is possible later this week.

He says it may diminish to a Category 3 by Thursday afternoon but that would still be a major hurricane. But the exact path of a hurricane while the weather forecasters can't install.

In an update at 11pm HST, the National Weather Service said: "Due to the large uncertainty in the future track and intensity of Lane, all interests in the Hawaiian islands should continue to monitor the future progress of this system".

A hurricane warning is usually made about 36 hours before tropical-storm-force winds are expected to hit a location.

The service says the hurricane is still forecast to be a risky hurricane as it gets closer to the islands.

Meanwhile, Hawaii County remains under a hurricane warning, and Oahu is still under a hurricane watch.

Hurricane Lane's impacts could be felt as early as Wednesday evening on Hawaii's Big Island.

Hawaii residents are bracing for "life-threatening" winds and flooding when Hurricane Lane hits the USA islands this week, potentially uprooting trees and causing rivers to overflow their banks, according to the National Weather Service.

Lane is still a major hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 125 miles per hour. Mount Kilauea began producing lava flows in early May and portions of the southeastern coastline of the Big Island have been transformed by the lava flows which covered over 13 square miles (35 square kilometers).

A hurricane watch has been issued for Hawaii and Maui counties as Hurricane Lane continues barreling toward the state as a powerful Category 4 storm.

Also in effect for waters around Hawaii Island is a tropical storm watch because of strong winds associated with Lane. The hurricane was moving west at 16 miles per hour and was expected to cross into the Central Pacific basin today, the National Hurricane Center said.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said: "It can become unsafe for ocean vessels south of the islands as well as small craft attempting to navigate the inter-island channels this week".

This NASA file image obtained August 20, 2018 shows Hurricane Lane when NASAs Aqua satellite passed overhead in mid-August 2018.

Just 4 percent of hurricanes and typhoons are annular, and they are known for their staying power, weakening more slowly under unfavorable conditions compared with conventional storms.



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