Cat 5 cyclone aims for Big Island

Major Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm, is heading toward Hawaii, forecasters warn

This satellite image provided by NOAA on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, shows Hurricane Lane south of Hawaii.

There are now Hurricane Warnings, Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings posted for much of Hawaii.

It's possible that the center tracks close enough for the storm's core of violent thunderstorms to hammer the islands, especially their south sides, with tremendous rainfall and destructive winds, reaching hurricane force.

"On its forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday-Saturday".

- Excessive rainfall is possible which could lead to major flash flooding, landslides and mudslides.

The National Weather Service issues rare hurricane watches and warnings for parts of the Hawaiian Islands ahead of impacts from Hurricane Lane set to hit later this week.

Earlier Tuesday evening, the weather service issued a hurricane warning for the Big Island.

Should hurricane-force winds materialize, it would result in "considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings", severe damage to mobile homes, "many large trees snapped or uprooted", "impassable" roads and power outages, the National Weather Service said.

Lane may weaken even further - to Category 3 - by Thursday afternoon and even fall to a Category 2 by Friday with winds up to 110 miles per hour and its center west of Hawaii Island and south of Honolulu.

Lane could become the first hurricane to directly make landfall in Honolulu since Hawaii became a state, Axios reported.

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.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the island of Hawaii.

Lane is about "280 miles south of the Big Island this morning and has started a turn towards the northwest in line with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecast", said the NHC in another update at 11:45 a.m. ET. All offices and off-campus locations will remain closed, and classes and events cancelled, including sporting events.

If you're looking to track the storm's path and latest prediction models online, there are plenty of good resources.

The latest forecast model indicates Lane will remain a very strong, and unsafe storm. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Hawaii County, while hurricane watches are in effect for Maui County and Oahu.

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