Cat 5 cyclone aims for Big Island

Cat 5 cyclone aims for Big Island

Hawaii remains within that cone of uncertainty and all islands remain under a hurricane watch or warning.

"The real test is how we respond", Caldwell said. All county offices are scheduled to be open today.

The extremely powerful Hurricane Lane is closing in on Hawaii, where heavy rain, strong winds and risky surf are expected Thursday into the weekend.

Lane may weaken even further - to Category 3 - by Thursday afternoon and even fall to a Category 2 by Friday with winds up to 110 miles per hour and its center west of Hawaii Island and south of Honolulu.

"The center of Lane will track dangerously close to the islands Thursday through Saturday", the center said in an advisory.

The hurricane was expected to bring 160mph (260km/h) winds to Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday with gusts capable of damaging roofs and knocking out power, the NHC warned.

Please follow the National Weather Service, other official agencies and local media for the latest weather news.

Meteorologist Gavin Shigesato said: "It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian islands will be directly impacted by Lane".

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Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. Eaton said Lane appears to be moving closer to the islands than Hector did when it went through the Pacific earlier this month.

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Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Hawaii, as the Central Pacific does not see as many storms as the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific, and the Hawaiian Islands present a small target in the vast Pacific Ocean. This does not mean a direct hit is likely at the moment, but impacts from the storm appear more likely with most recent data. Some 18-24 inches, with locally higher amounts, could fall as the storm passes. Everyone should take this hurricane very seriously and should prepare accordingly.

The downpours could lead to landslides and flooding. A storm surge of up to 4 feet in anticipated. Prepare yourself and your families for the potential effects of the storm.

"We appreciate the support and guidance from our emergency management partners as we work together to ensure the safety of our students, staff and school communities", said Deputy Superintendent Phyllis Unebasami.

She cautioned, however, that the hospital is not an evacuation site.

The opening evacuation centers, if necessary, will be announced today, Kim said.

Hawaiian Electric Companies, parent company of Hawaii Electric Light Co., said it is assigning and pre-positioning workers and equipment. In the Atlantic Ocean, this shoves storms up against the USA and Mexican coastlines.

Hawaii Governor David Ige is allowing non-essential state employees on the Big Island and Maui to go on administrative leave from Wednesday to Friday as the hurricane approaches. Hurricane Iniki, the most powerful Hawaiian hurricane recorded before Lane, killed six people, injured more than 1,000 and caused $1.8 billion in damage back in 1992, according to TK. "We're running out of time with this one".

All beach parks, from South Point north to Kohala, will be closed until further notice. All pavilion and camping permits for these parks have been cancelled.

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