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Hurricane Lane Undergoing Rapid Intensification

August 17, 2018, 6:51 AM HST · Updated August 17, 11:16 AM
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    Lane is currently undergoing rapid intensification, which is expected to peak within the next 24-36 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    The system is currently a strong Category 2 Hurricane, carrying maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, with hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 105 miles from the center.

    Lane is moving toward the west near 16 mph and is forecast to cross into the Central Pacific basin tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018).

    At 11 a.m. HST on Friday, Aug. 18, 2018, Lane was located 1775 miles SW of the Southern tip of Baja California within the jurisdiction of the National Hurricane Center. In relation to Hawaiʻi, the storm is located: 1510 miles ESE of Hilo; 1590 miles ESE of Hāna; 1610 miles ESE of Kahului; and 1715 miles ESE of Honolulu (near latitude 11.5 North, longitude 134.1 West).

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    The 5-day forecast has Lane passing about 300 miles to the south of Hawaiʻi Tuesday into Wednesday; but forecasters say the system is still too soon to know if Lane will directly affect the Hawaiian Islands.

    According to the NHC, Lane is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight with little change in strength expected on Sunday.

    Saffir-Simpson Scale

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    Tropical Storm – winds 39-73 mph
    Category 1 – winds 74-95 mph
    Category 2 – winds 96-110 mph
    Category 3 – winds 111-129 mph
    Category 4 – winds 130-156 mph
    Category 5 – winds 157 mph and up

    Hurricane Lane forecast track. (8.17.18, 5 a.m.) PC: NOAA/NHC

    Hurricane Lane tropical storm force wind projections. (8.17.18, 5 a.m.) PC: NOAA/NHC

    Hurricane Lane satellite imagery. (8.17.18, 6:30 a.m.) PC: NOAA/NHC

    Hurricane Lane tropical storm force wind speed probability graphic. (8.17.18, 5 a.m.) PC: NOAA/NHC

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 15 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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