TS Ernesto aims at Ireland, Hurricane Lane forms in Pacific


The U.S. Navy is moving its ships and submarines out of Hawaii as Hurricane Lane bears down on the state. It is expected that the storm will weaken to a category 1 with winds up to 90 km per hour, according to the national hurricane center.

Hurricane Lane, a devastatingly strong Category 4 storm now, is heading west-northwest over the Pacific, and is forecast to weaken and pass south of the Aloha State around Wednesday or Thursday.

Meteorologist Leigh Anne Eaton says even if Lane doesn't make landfall, there could be rain, high surf and wind.

Hawaii Public Radio has a rundown of emergency phone numbers and guides for Hawaii residents preparing for the storm.

People check out at a grocery story ahead of Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Honolulu.

The CPHC said little change in strength was expected through Monday, with gradual weakening forecast from Monday night through Tuesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend 40 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

But the hurricane center said the storm will move very close to or over the islands from Thursday through Saturday.

The maximum sustained winds are 140 mph and hurricane-force winds can be felt 25 miles from the center of the storm, the National Hurricane Center said.

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While tropical storms and hurricanes regularly roam in the waters nearby Hawaii, direct effects from storms as intense as Lane are unusual and its population is not well-accustomed to them.

Hurricane Lane, hurricane force (74 mph+) wind probabilities.

She says the hurricane is moving northwest at about 9 miles per hour (15 kph).

The forecast brings the eye of the storm close to Hawaii and Maui counties on Thursday. Mount Kilauea began producing lava flows in early May and portions of the southeastern coastline of the Big Island have been transformed by the lava flows which covered over 13 square miles (35 square kilometers).

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said: "It can become risky for ocean vessels south of the islands as well as small craft attempting to navigate the inter-island channels this week".

Fluctuations in intensity in Lane are expected tonight and Sunday, the hurricane center said.

This NASA file image obtained August 20, 2018 shows Hurricane Lane when NASAs Aqua satellite passed overhead in mid-August 2018. All of the islands in the state could be directly or indirectly impacted by the storm in the coming days.

"Only two hurricanes on record have struck the islands directly, both of them in Kauai: Category 1 Dot in 1959, and catastrophic Category 4 Iniki in 1992", the site said.