Hawaiian Islands on alert for possible Hurricane Lane impacts

Hawaiian Islands on alert for possible Hurricane Lane impacts

In fact, only twice in recorded history (most recently Iniki in 1992) has a hurricane made direct landfall on any island.

The watch advisory covers Maui County, which includes the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe, and Hawai'i County on the Big Island.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

On Tuesday morning, Lane was positioned 450 miles south-southeast of Kona, tracking west at 12 mph.

Lane's center is predicted to pass close to the island of Hawaii, also known as the "Big Island", and Maui, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. If the storm pursues more of a westerly course, it may just brush the islands. The hurricane could hit the Big Island as early as Wednesday afternoon and move through the rest of the islands to Kauai until Thursday evening, Eaton said.

As of Monday, the storm is about 600 miles (966 kilometers) southeast of Hilo on the Big Island, or about 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) from the state's capital city of Honolulu.

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A turn toward the northwest is expected Wednesday into Thursday. "As Lane is expected to be slow-moving as it nears the islands, it will produce large and damaging surf, mainly along exposed south and west facing shores", it added.

After a miss to the south from Hector earlier in August, Lane looks poised to, at the very least, come even closer to the island chain later this week.

Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 40 miles from the center of Lane and tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 140 miles.

Isn't there a volcano erupting there?

Hurricane Lane will create risky surf conditions for Hawaii this week, and there could be other impacts.

But Klemetti does point out that there could be a threat of heavy rain "remobilizing some of the loose debris and ash" left in the recent lava flows. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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