Hurricane Lane looks to make landfall in Hawaii between Thursday and Saturday this week
Hurricane Lane has become a Category 4 storm, as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands, the Central Pacific Hurricane Centre says. This is just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.
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.
At this time, AccuWeather meteorologists are still expecting Lane to track 90 to 100 miles west of the Big Island during Thursday evening, Hawaii Standard Time (HST).
Lane is forecast to get as close as 80 miles southwest of O’ahu Friday afternoon.
People on Kauai can expect the closest approach of 55 to 60 miles later Friday night to Saturday morning.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii County while a hurricane watch has been issued for Maui County and Oahu.
A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area, and is issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.
“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the National Weather Service said.