Hurricane Lane likely to continue to weaken

Hurricane Lane Heads Over Pacific, Could Get Close to Hawaii

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

Lane was centered about 275 miles south of Kailua-Kona - or 400 miles south-southeast of Honolulu.

Gusty winds and showers were forecast on the island, formally known as Hawai'i Island, by the middle of the week.

"It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian islands will be directly impacted by Lane", the weather service said.

Longtime Hawaii residents were reminded of the destruction caused by Hurricane Iniki in 1992, which according to Hawaii News Now, made landfall on Kauai island in September of that year as a Category 4 storm with 145 miles per hour winds.

The storm entered the Central Pacific as a Category 4 hurricane Saturday.

On its current track, Lane is expected to turn toward the island chain by mid-week. "Life threatening impacts can extend well away from the center of a hurricane".

A hurricane watch remained in effect for Oahu and other smaller islands, meaning tropical storm-force winds, excessive rain and large swells could arrive starting Wednesday.

Only four named storms have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959 (two hurricanes and two tropical storms).

Heavy rains: Rain bands from Hurricane Lane are moving ashore Wednesday in the Puna and Kau districts. A stronger swing northward, which is dependent on the expected erosion of a subtropical ridge north of the state, could commence Wednesday.

Rainfall of 51cm in some areas could lead to major flash flooding, landslides and mudslides, the NHC said.

Gov. David Ige said he will allow non-essential state employees on the Big Island and Maui to go on administrative leave through Friday.

A high surf advisory will take effect at 6 a.m. local time for east-facing shores of those islands.

Weather forecasters warn that the entire state of Hawaii needs to brace for a possible hurricane strike.

A hurricane warning is usually made about 36 hours before tropical-storm-force winds are expected to hit a location.

On Wednesday morning, as the storm begins to its forecast northward swing, Lane storm is forecast to be about 275 miles south of South Point and 236 miles south of Hilo. The next closest storm of such strength to approach the islands was John in 1994.

Forecasters noted that they are awaiting data collected by the NOAA Aircraft Operation Center and the U.S. Air Force Reserves 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, which departed late Sunday evening, to help improve the forecast track.

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