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Lane is forecast to become a major hurricane by Saturday

At 11 p.m. HST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lane was located near latitude 11.4 North, longitude 131.4 West. Lane is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h). A motion between west and west-northwest is expected during the next few days, and Lane is forecast to cross into the Central Pacific basin on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts. Steady or rapid strengthening is expected for the next 36 to 48 hours, and Lane is forecast to become a major hurricane by Saturday. Little change in strength is expected on Sunday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb (29.24 inches).

National Weather Service Discussion

The environmental factors suggest that continued steady or rapid strengthening is likely during the next couple of days. However, there could be some intrusions of dry air that might interrupt the rate of strengthening. Nonetheless, it seems likely that Lane will become a major hurricane within the next couple of days. By the end of the forecast period, the environment looks a little less ideal with drier air and an increase in shear likely causing slow weakening. The NHC intensity forecast is largely an update of the previous one, and it remains at the high end of the model guidance.

Public should prepare for Tropical Cyclone Lane

HONOLULU — HI-EMA recommends residents and visitors take the following actions to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone:

  • Prepare an “emergency kit” of a minimum of 14 days of food, water, and other supplies.
  • Talk with family members and develop a clear understanding of what you will do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Prepare an action plan that includes details such as whether your family plans to shelter in place or evacuate.
  • Know if your home is in an inundation zone, flood zone, or susceptible to high winds and other hazards. Know if your home is retrofitted with hurricane resistant clips or straps.
  • Stay tuned to local media and their websites/applications regarding weather updates.
  • Sign up for local notification systems (i.e., HNL.Info).
  • Get to know your neighbors and community so you can help each other.
  • Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. Clear your gutters and other drainage systems. Remove and secure loose items. Keep your car gas tanks filled.
  • Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget 14 days of food and water for your furry family members.
  • Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
  • Secure your important documents in protective containers.
  • Visitors should download GoHawaii App and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure at www.travelsmarthawaii.com.
  • Build an emergency kit – now.
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