Updated 1:15 pm: Hurricane watch posted for Maui County

Aug 23, 2018, 02:59
Updated 1:15 pm: Hurricane watch posted for Maui County

Employees on Hawaii and Maui islands who work in disaster response as well as in hospitals and prisons are required to report to their jobs, the governor said.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii and Maui counties - meaning hurricane conditions are expected there.

According to data provided by the center, Lane's expected to be about 325 miles south-southeast of Kailua-Kona and 275 miles south-southeast of South Point by 6 a.m. today.

Forecasters warned of large swells that could produce risky surf and strong currents along some shorelines, beginning Wednesday on the Big Island. Unlike Hurricane Hector, which skirted the Hawaiian Islands earlier this month, Lane is projected to veer north-northwest and drench the Aloha State's most populated areas.

The latest track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has just about all the island chain inside the "Cone of Uncertainty". A hurricane warning issued Tuesday evening remains in effect for Hawaii County.

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Lane was downgraded to a category four storm, with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (249km/h), but officials say it is still close to category five strength.

The hurricane, packing 260km/h winds was expected to hit Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday with gusts capable of damaging roofs and knocking out power, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) warned.

"The center of Lane will track dangerously close to or over the islands Thursday through Saturday", the National Weather Service said at noon Tuesday.

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo will remain closed on Thursday, August 23, 2018 for precautionary measures in anticipation of risky storm conditions from Hurricane Lane.

Major Hurricane Lane strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane overnight, becoming only the second Cat 5 on record to pass within 350 miles of Honolulu, joining Hurricane John from back in 1994.

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All public schools and the University of Hawaii are closed for the remainder of the week, as are state offices.

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

Sandbags are seen near a stairway at the west end of the Sheraton Waikiki hotel in Honolulu in preparation for Hurricane Lane.

Lane may also generate surf heights reaching as much as 7.5 metres, with "the potential for significant damage to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways". Hurricane warnings are in effect for Hawaii County, while hurricane watches are in effect for Maui County and Oahu.

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