Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Storm will brush Hawaii as Hurricane to INTENSIFY further

Storm will brush Hawaii as Hurricane to INTENSIFY further

Early Saturday, the storm was more than 1,200 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph - the lowest threshold for a Category 4.

Lane is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour and is forecast to cross into the Central Pacific basin tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018). It could become a category 4 hurricane on Saturday.

Forecasters said that a "large swell generated by Lane is expected to reach the southeast- and east-facing shores of the Big Island, and possibly east-facing shores of Maui, by this evening", producing large and unsafe surf by tonight or early Monday.

At 5pm Thursday HST (4am BST), Hurricane Lane was located about 1,540 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, or 1,780 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Lane is expected to continue moving toward the west Sunday night and Monday, but at a slightly slower forward speed. The agency expects the storm to strengthen into a major hurricane - Category 3 or higher - later Friday.

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Six computer forecast models predict Lane's center will pass south of Hawaii next week, but the outer bands still could bring strong winds to the islands if the center gets close enough.

Derek Wroe, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said: "Warm ocean water is the fuel for hurricanes".

Forecasters said Friday morning it is too soon to know if Lane will directly affect the Hawaiian Islands.

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