UPDATED: Hurricane Watch issued for Hawaii and Maui Counties as Lane approaches

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Hawaii County and Hurricane Watch issued for Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area on Thursday. Interests elsewhere in the main Hawaiian Islands and across the
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands should continue to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Lane. Additional Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches will likely be issued later today or tonight.

7:04 p.m. Hurricane Lane has now become a Category 5 hurricane, stay with MAUIWatch for the latest.

Updated 6:30 pm Track:


Data from the aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph (260 km/h) with higher gusts. Lane is now a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands.

Excessive rainfall associated with Lane is expected to affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands from Wednesday into the weekend, leading to flash flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands. Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands this week. These swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along exposed south and west facing shorelines.



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