Hurricane Lane Heads Over Pacific, Could Get Close to Hawaii

TS Lane May Become Another Close Encounter for Hawai'i

TS Lane May Become Another Close Encounter for Hawai'i

Lane, now a Category 2 storm packing 110 mph winds, was located about 1,505 miles east-southeast of Hilo as of 11 a.m. Hawaii time on Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Lane is now undergoing rapid intensification, which is expected to peak within the next 24-36 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Satellite imagery shows Lane has begun to develop an eye.

Weather officials expect Lane to become a major hurricane tonight and to move west or west-northwest over the next few days.

Lane is expected to track between a west and west-northwest trajectory and cross into the Central Pacific on Saturday.

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The National Hurricane Center on Friday predicted Hurricane Lane could follow roughly the same path as its predecessor earlier this month, Hurricane Hector, and pass just south of the Hawaiian islands. "This easterly swell will likely result in large surf for east and southeast facing shores of the Big Island and could potentially produce large surf for east facing shores of Maui".

The initial motion estimate is 285/13 kt.

Currently, Lane is 1,900 miles ESE of Hilo moving west at 14 mph.

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Additional strengthening is expected through this morning, and forecasters say Lane could become a Category 4 hurricane early today. However, the rate of weakening is held a little above the intensity guidance owing to the warmer SSTs indicated by raw data than what the SHIPS model guidance is using.

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