Hawaiian Islands Vulnerable as Hurricane Lane Passes South of The Big Island

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Hawaiian Islands remain vulnerable as Hurricane Lane, a category 4 hurricane, passes south of the Big Island.

A hurricane warning is in effect for Hawaii County, Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. There is a hurricane watch in effect for Oahu, Kauai County, including the islands of Kauai and Niihau. 

Rainbands from Hurricane Lane are moving ashore on the Puna and Kau districts. Excessive rainfall associated with Lane is expected to affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands from late today into the weekend. This could lead to major flash flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 250 to 350 mm with localized amounts in excess of 500 mm over the Hawaiian Islands.

Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands, spreading across the island chain today and tonight. These swells will produce very large and potentially damaging surf along exposed west, south and east facing shorelines.

The Team

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