Hurricane Lane Looks Absolutely Massive From Space

Hurricane Lane satellite imagery. 11 p.m

His stark warning to Hawaiians was that the archipelago of eight large islands "is in danger of being significantly impacted by Hurricane Lane, whether or not the hurricane directly hits the state".

National Weather Service meteorologist Melissa Dye said the hurricane is moving northwest at about 9 miles per hour.

Longtime Hawaii residents were reminded of the destruction caused by Hurricane Iniki in 1992, which according to Hawaii News Now, made landfall on Kauai island in September of that year as a Category 4 storm with 145 miles per hour winds.

The Category 4 storm's risky center could make landfall this week, but even if it doesn't, it should draw close to the islands Thursday through Saturday, bringing destructive winds and as many as 20 inches of rain onshore, forecasters said.

Through Saturday, 10-15 inches of rain are generally expected, with isolated amounts greater than 20 inches, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

David Ige issued an emergency proclamation and urged residents to heed evacuation notices and make emergency preparations ahead of Hurricane Lane's landfall.

In this photo provided City and County of Honolulu, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, center, receives a briefing from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Hurricane Lane at the Emergency Operations Center in Honolulu, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.

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Meteorologists have estimated that some regions of Hawaii could see up to two feet of rain - while warning residents to take the potential threat seriously.

The weather service said tropical-storm-force winds could begin as early as Wednesday afternoon or evening on the Big Island. Lane is starting to make it's turn tonight towards Hawaii. "The location of these damaging wind impacts will depend heavily upon the final track of Hurricane Lane".

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory flies a scientific mission into the eye of Hurricane Lane.

All public schools and charter schools on Hawaii Island and Maui County have been closed until further notice as a outcome.

Residents are stocking up on essentials and have been remembering how Hawaii was hit by a devastating hurricane in 1992. Hawaii-based Navy aircraft will be secured in hangars or flown to other airfields to avoid the effects of the hurricane.

He said: "A lot of people are comparing the similarities between Iniki and Lane".

Hawaiians scrambled to prepare for the storm's arrival. ESE swell from Lane being felt on the Big Island trends to a more southerly directed swell for exposed South Shores, especially on Oahu and Kauai through the back half of the week.

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