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Lester maintains Category 3 strength, Hurricane Watch in effect

Hurricane Lester


5 p.m. Hawaii County Civil Defense update

Hawaii under a Hurricane Watch

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Hawaii County and for Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

  • Hawaii County
  • Maui County including the islands of Maui Molokai Lanai and Kahoolawe
  • City & County of Honolulu (island of Oahu)

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane force winds are possible within the watch area. A Hurricane Watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Interests elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Lester.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by the National Weather Service office in Honolulu Hawaii.

At 11 p.m. HST Thursday (Sep 1), the center of Hurricane Lester was located about 515 miles (830 km) east of Hilo, Hawaii. Lester is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Lester will be closing to, or over, the Hawaiian Islands this weekend.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts. Lester is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next couple of days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 963 mb (28.44 inches).

Hazards Affecting Land
WIND: Hurricane conditions are possible over Hawaii and Maui Counties beginning Friday night and continuing through Saturday. Hurricane conditions are possible over Oahu beginning Saturday and continuing through Saturday night.

SURF: Large swells generated by Lester will arrive in Hawaiian waters the next couple of days, including the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Surf generated these swells will peak this weekend in the main Hawaiian Islands, becoming very large and possibly damaging along exposed shorelines.

RAIN: Heavy rains associated with Lester may impact Hawaii and Maui counties late Friday into Saturday, and may impact Oahu Saturday and Saturday night.

Tropical Depression Madeline


At 11 p.m. HST Thursday (Sep 1), the center of Tropical Depression Madeline was located about 380 miles (610 km) south-southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. The depression is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h) and this general motion is expected to over the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Madeline is forecast to become a post-tropical remnant low later today or tonight.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

National Weather Service Presentation on Hurricanes.

HELCO Reminds Customers to Prepare for Hurricane Season

In preparation for Hurricane Lester, the public is advised to be StormReady

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Include a flashlight with fresh batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and any medication or supplies specific to you or your family members.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members.
  • Create an evacuation plan for your household.
  • Bring in or secure outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away.
  • Keep your vehicle fueled and cell phone charged.
  • To help preserve water availability through the storm, the Department of Water Supply asks customers to minimize non-essential use of water, such as irrigation, at this time.

Find more StormReady tips and sign up for notifications at

Public schools reopen Friday (Sept 2) on Hawaii Island

DLNR keeps areas closed due to Hurricane Lester’s approach

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