A Hurricane Could Hit Hawaii Next Week

Lane rapidly strengthens to Category 2 hurricane

This enhanced satellite image of Hurricane Lane from early today shows the storm within 1,000 miles southeast of Hilo.

At 5 a.m. today, Lane was about 890 mile east-southeast of Hilo and 1,100 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, traveling west at 15 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Hawaii. It entered the Central Pacific Saturday as a Category 4 hurricane but has since weakened slightly.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Hurricane Lane is moving towards the west-northwest, at a speed of 15mph.

Little change in strength is expected on Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center on Friday predicted Hurricane Lane could follow roughly the same path as its predecessor earlier this month, Hurricane Hector, and pass just south of the Hawaiian islands.


Hurricane Lane has strengthened to a category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds near 140 miles per hour.

The NHC intensity forecast suggests Lane's winds could increase to 125mph on Saturday. However, Lane will likely remain a powerful hurricane through Monday night.

But the track is uncertain this early, and there's a chance Lane by Tuesday night could bring winds of at least tropical-storm strength (39 miles per hour and higher) to Hawaii's Big Island, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center says.

While there are still many different directions Lane could take, residents are urged to keep an eye on the storm, Hawaii News Now reported.

He added: "Expect intensification at least into the weekend".

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