Governor issues emergency proclamation as Lane churns toward Hawaii

Governor issues emergency proclamation as Lane churns toward Hawaii

Governor issues emergency proclamation as Lane churns toward Hawaii

Another hurricane is threatening to impact Hawaii this week, as unsafe Category 4 Hurricane Lane approaches the Central Pacific island chain just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.

All public and charter schools and Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) offices on Hawaii Island and in Maui County will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 22, until further notice, in anticipation of risky storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning area beginning late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, with hurricane conditions expected somewhere within the warning area on Thursday.

The storm is now moving westward at 14 miles per hour (22 km/h) and should continue to move west over the next day or so.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.

"This storm, this Hurricane Lane, is a unsafe storm, and we've got to take it very, very seriously", Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said at a state Capitol news conference.

"It's one of only two recorded Category 5 hurricanes to pass within 350 miles of the Big Island's South Point", says KGMB.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration has been sending multiple aircraft into and around the storm in order to help observe the hurricane and improve the forecast, providing a better idea of the threat Lane presents to Hawaii.

Beyond its wind strength, the storm was also expected to be a rainmaker through the weekend, bringing the risk of flooding and landslides.

A hurricane watch was issued for Maui and other smaller islands, meaning tropical storm-force winds, excessive rain and large swells could arrive starting Wednesday.

As of 11AM HST, Lane is a high end Cat 4 Hurricane with sustained wind of 135 knots, located roughly 410 miles SSE of Kailua Kona, Hawaii. As Lane is expected to be slow-moving as it nears the islands, it will produce large and damaging surf.

"Hurricane Lane is not a well-behaved hurricane", Ige said in a statement Tuesday.

"What if the entire island is impacted?" he said. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe.

Jodi Nishida and Sam Delovio of Kaimuki bought plyboard Tuesday at City Mill on Waialae Avenue in preparation for Hurricane Lane.

But it could still generate 75- to 110-mph wind, 10 to 16 inches of rain, 10- to 15-foot surf and four feet of storm surge.

Hurricane Lane, earliest reasonable arrival times of tropical storm force winds.

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