Hurricane Lane Strengthens, Threatening Hawaiian Islands

Hurricane Lane 5-day forecast track. 11 p.m

Hurricane Lane 5-day forecast track. 11 p.m

The National Park Service reported that the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed today and tomorrow and all programs there cancelled because of Lane. Hurricane watches were in effect for other islands as of press time.

"We expect it to gradually weaken as it gets closer to the islands, ' says meteorologist Chevy Chevalier in Honolulu". By the evening, the storm's center is expected to be about 250 miles south of Kailua-Kona and 200 miles south of South Point.

In fact, Hawaii has weathered landfalls from only two tropical storms and two hurricanes since 1959, CNN reported.

A hurricane warning was in effect for all Hawaii County and Maui county, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe.

Hurricane Watches are in effect for the eastern half of the island chain, meaning hurricane-force winds are possible near the area within 48 hours. We take a look at the expected impacts from this storm, and why it's so rare, below.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said shelters have been identified and would be opened if necessary but no mandatory evacuations have been arranged. "Some of these options include adding additional mooring and storm lines, dropping the anchor, and disconnecting shore power cables".

"There is a 10 percent chance of hurricane-force winds hitting the Big Island". "And that would be the (west) side". It killed six people and damaged or destroyed more than 14,000 homes.

Intense rain and thunderstorms are also expected to reach the Big Island this morning. This raises concerns for flash flooding and mudslides into early next week.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for all islands in anticipation of the heavy rainfall.

Paul Akamine fills propane tanks for customers as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. August 22, 2018. The counties of Hawai'i, Maui, Kalawao, Kaua'i and the City and County of Honolulu are in danger of experiencing high winds, heavy rains, high surf, storm surges and flooding that threaten to harm communities and cause extensive damage to public and private property across the state.

"Life threatening impacts are likely" to hit Hawaii, regardless of whether the storm makes landfall, NWS said in a statement.

"Sandbags are already in place".

They are also working with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and hotels to be sure visitors are informed of the hurricane and dangers that come with it.

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