Tropical Storm Ernesto sped through the north Atlantic toward Ireland and the United Kingdom on Friday as Hurricane Lane grew into a Category 2 storm in the remote Pacific, far from land and on a forecast path that would take it south of the Hawaiian islands next week.
Chevalier says that by early Friday, the hurricane is forecast to be a Category 2 with winds up to 110 miles per hour (177 kph) and the center located west of Hawaii Island and south of Honolulu.
The storm could potentially bring "damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding from heavy rainfall" to the islands, the Hurricane Center warned.
Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said Wednesday.
Only four named storms have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959 (two hurricanes and two tropical storms).
Heavy rains: Torrential rains associated with Lane are expected to start affecting portions of the state from late Wednesday and continue through the weekend.
"This isn't Florida. The landscape and infrastructure are different". "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.
This satellite image provided by NOAA on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 shows Hurricane Lane south of Hawaii.
Lane is following in the footsteps of Hurricane Hector which tracked of the Hawaiian Islands earlier this month.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 120 miles.
At about 5 p.m. Sunday, the center of the storm was about 735 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving to the west at about 14 mph.
Iniki's turn into the islands was sudden, he recalled.
But the hurricane center said the storm will move very close to or over the islands from Thursday through Saturday. Lane will remain over 27-28 degree C waters through the forecast period.
Packing sustained winds of up to 155 miles per hour, Lane is a high-end Category 4 hurricane.
However, the storm has attained an annular structure, meaning its large eye is surrounded by a single, uniform ring of thunderstorms.
The central Pacific gets fewer hurricanes than other regions, with about only four or five named storms a year, and Hawaii rarely gets hit.
A National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration G-IV aircraft plans to do sampling in the environment around the Hawaiian Islands and Hurricane Lane today. Little change in strength is expected for the next day or so, with a weakening trend expected to begin on Tuesday.