THE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the 8am (7pm BST) update on Hurricane Lane for Thursday, August 23. Here are all the details.
The latest bulletin from the NOAA says that: “Lane continues to approach the main Hawaiian Islands with torrential rainfall already occurring in some areas.”
The storm is currently 205 miles (330 km) south of Kailua-Kona, and 290 miles (465 km) south-southeast of Honolulu.
Maximum sustained winds are 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts as the storm moves northwest at 7mph (11 km/h).
A turn toward the north-northwest and little change in forward speed is expected today.
On the forecast track, the centre of Lane will move very close to or over portions of the main Hawaiian islands later today through Friday.
A turn toward the north is anticipated tonight and Friday, as Lane's forward motion slows.
But over the weekend, a turn toward the west is expected on Saturday and Sunday, with an increase in forward speed.
Lane is a powerful Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Steady weakening is forecast during the next few days, but Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) are expected.
Over 12 inches of rain has already fallen on portions of the Big Island.
NOAA says the warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.