A Hurricane Could Hit Hawaii Next Week

19 August, 2018, 20:39 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Hurricane Lane tropical storm force wind speed probability graphic. PC NOAA  NHC

Six computer forecast models predict Lane's center will pass south of Hawaii next week, but the outer bands still could bring strong winds to the islands if the center gets close enough.

Lane is now undergoing rapid intensification, which is expected to peak within the next 24-36 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm was moving west at 16 miles per hour and packing 110 miles per hour maximum sustained winds.

The eye of the Category 2 storm was about 1,775 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and 1,505 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, as of the NHC's 2 p.m. PDT forecast update.

Central Pacific basin on August 18.

Little change in strength is expected on Sunday.

Images created by the NHC show the predicted path of the hurricane, which could brush Hawaii next week.

National Hurricane Center forecasters will monitor the cyclone until it enters the Central Pacific basin on Saturday, at which point forecasters at the Honolulu-based Central Pacific Hurricane Center will assume responsibility.

Lane has intensified quickly since forming in the East Pacific last week.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 25 miles from Lane's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 105 miles, the hurricane center said early this morning.

Hurricane Lane forecast track.

Hurricane Hector caused similar conditions when it passed by Big Island on August 8.

He added: "Expect intensification at least into the weekend".



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