(FILES) This NASA file image obtained August 20, 2018 shows Hurricane Lane when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead in mid-August 2018, as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board that satellite acquired a true-color image of the storm on August 16, 2018 of a cloud-filled eye and a distinct apostrophe shape when the image was captured moving over open ocean. Part of the Hawaiian islands were put under a hurricane watch August 21, 2018 as major Hurricane Lane advanced toward the American archipelago in the central Pacific. Lane, a Category Four storm, was expected to make a turn toward Hawaii later in the week, forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.The storm was packing winds of 150 miles (240 kilometers) per hour and was 620 miles (990 kilometers) southeast of Honolulu at 1500 GMT, the center said.
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Hurricane Lane has grown to a category 5 storm as it approaches Hawaii with potential for torrential rain, flash flooding and landslides, forecasters said.
As per the latest models, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday, the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said.
The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles (260 kilometers) per hour.
Starting Wednesday night it was forecast to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands, the center said.
This is expected to trigger flash flooding and landslides, the NWS said.