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Wednesday 11 p.m. update: Category 4 Hurricane Lane’s rain bands reach Hawaii Island

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National Weather Service Statement on Hurricane Lane


A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

  • Oahu
  • Maui County…including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe
  • Hawaii County

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

  • Kauai County…including the islands of Kauai and Niihau

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A 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 in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Hurricane Lane.

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 (0900 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Lane was located by satellite and radar near latitude 16.3 North, longitude 156.9 West. Lane is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). This general motion is expected through Thursday, with a gradual turn toward the northwest. On Friday, a turn toward the north is anticipated as Lane’s forward motion slows even more. A turn back toward the west is expected on Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands tomorrow through Friday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts. Lane is a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some weakening is forecast during the next few days, but Lane is expected to remain a hurricane as it approaches the islands.

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 939 mb (27.73 inches).

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected on portions of the Big Island beginning early Thursday morning, with hurricane conditions expected in some areas Thursday afternoon or Thursday night. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin over portions of Maui county on Thursday, with hurricane conditions expected in some areas Thursday night into Friday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin on Oahu late Thursday night, with hurricane conditions expected Friday into Friday night.

RAINFALL: Rain bands from Hurricane Lane will continue to overspread the Hawaiian Islands tonight and Thursday. Excessive rainfall associated with Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands into the weekend, leading to significant and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 inches, with localized amounts in excess of 30 inches over the Hawaiian Islands.

SURF: As Lane is slow-moving, large swells generated by Lane will severely impact the Hawaiian Islands over the next couple of days. These swells will produce very large and damaging surf along exposed west and south facing shorelines. A prolonged period of high surf will likely lead to significant coastal erosion.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along south and west facing shores near the center of Lane. The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.


1. Lane will pass dangerously close to the main Hawaiian Islands as a hurricane Thursday and Friday, and is expected to bring damaging winds. These winds can be accelerated over and downslope from elevated terrain and will be higher in high rise buildings.

2. The slow movement of Lane also greatly increases the threat for prolonged heavy rainfall and extreme rainfall totals. This is expected to lead to life-threatening flash flooding and landslides over all the Hawaiian Islands.

3. Large and damaging surf can be expected along exposed shorelines, especially along south and west facing coasts, with localized storm surge exacerbating the impacts of a prolonged period of damaging surf.

4. Do not focus on the exact forecast track or intensity of Lane, and be prepared for adjustments to the forecast. Although the official forecast does not explicitly indicate Lane’s center making landfall over any of the islands, this could still occur. Even if the center of Lane remains offshore, severe impacts could still be realized as they extend well away from the center.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Message

This is a Civil Defense hurricane update for 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

  • Transfer stations will be closed tomorrow.

The Hurricane Warning issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center continues for Hawaii County. A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions of damaging winds, damaging surf, and flooding rains are possible within 36 hours.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports as of 5:00 pm that Hurricane Lane is a category 4 hurricane located approximately 260 miles S of Kailua-Kona with sustained winds of 145 mph, moving WNW at approximately 8 mph. If this movement continues, Hurricane Lane is projected to pass west of Hawaii Island commencing early Thursday.

Due to the Hurricane Warning, the following advisories have been issued:

  • A high surf warning is in effect for south facing shores of Ka‘u and Kona.
  • Residents in low lying areas of Ka‘u and Kona subject to wave impacts must take necessary precautions to protect life and property due to dangerous storm surge and large waves.
  • A flood advisory is in effect for Hawaii Island. Do expect heavy rain and flooding.
  • Hurricane force winds are possible on the west side of the island from South Point to North Kohala. The remainder of the island could experience tropical storm force winds.

Due to the Hurricane Warning, the following closures are in effect:

  • All non-emergency County operations are suspended tomorrow, including transfer stations. TheHele-On bus service will remain open.
  • All schools and the University of Hawaii campuses are closed until further notice.
  • All beach parks, from South Point north to Kohala, are closed until further notice. All pavilion and camping permits for these parks have been canceled.
  • South Point Road from the Kamaoa Road junction to South Point is closed to all traffic.

All residents should review preparedness plans and take early precautionary measures at this time.

Due to the potential effects of Hurricane Lane, five emergency shelters have been opened on the north and west side of Hawaii Island. These shelters are for your convenience, but there is NO mandatory evacuation at this time. The shelters are available if you need to relocate.

  1. Hookena Elementary School: 86-4355 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook
  2. Kamehameha Park Hisaoka Gym: 54-382 Kamehameha Park Road, Kapaau

*Pet Friendly

  1. Kealakehe High School: 74-5000 Puohulihuli Street, Kailua-Kona

*Pet Friendly

  1. Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School: 68-1730 Ho’oko Street, Waikoloa
  2. Konawaena High School Gym: 81-1043 Konawaena School Road, Kealakekua

If you choose to relocate to a shelter, food is not provided. Please bring your blankets and pillows if possible. However, the shelter is open to everyone with or without these items.

Civil Defense is monitoring Hurricane Lane and will keep you informed of any changes that may affect your safety.

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Public should prepare for Tropical Cyclone Lane

HONOLULU — HI-EMA recommends residents and visitors take the following actions to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone:

  • Prepare an “emergency kit” of a minimum of 14 days of food, water, and other supplies.
  • Talk with family members and develop a clear understanding of what you will do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Prepare an action plan that includes details such as whether your family plans to shelter in place or evacuate.
  • Know if your home is in an inundation zone, flood zone, or susceptible to high winds and other hazards. Know if your home is retrofitted with hurricane resistant clips or straps.
  • Stay tuned to local media and their websites/applications regarding weather updates.
  • Sign up for local notification systems (i.e., HNL.Info).
  • Get to know your neighbors and community so you can help each other.
  • Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. Clear your gutters and other drainage systems. Remove and secure loose items. Keep your car gas tanks filled.
  • Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget 14 days of food and water for your furry family members.
  • Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
  • Secure your important documents in protective containers.
  • Visitors should download GoHawaii App and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure at
  • Build an emergency kit – now.

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