Lane strengthens to a category 4 hurricane

Mindy Sparks
August 19, 2018

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Hurricane Lane is moving towards the west-northwest, at a speed of 15mph.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).

Lane's approach comes more than a week after Hawaii watched Hurricane Hector pass well to the south.

Images created by the NHC show the predicted path of the hurricane, which could brush Hawaii next week.

But the track is uncertain this early, and there's a chance Lane by Tuesday night could bring winds of at least tropical-storm strength (39 miles per hour and higher) to Hawaii's Big Island, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center says.

Hurricane Lane, the sixth hurricane in the eastern Pacific so far this season, could make impact with Hawaii early next week.

Hurricane Lane grew to a Category 4 storm on Saturday as it moved closer to the Central Pacific basin, the National Hurricane Center said. The agency expects the storm to strengthen into a major hurricane - Category 3 or higher - later Friday.

Lane has intensified quickly since forming in the East Pacific last week. However, Lane will likely remain a powerful hurricane through Monday night.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale for Hawaii is a 1 to 5 categorization based on the hurricane's intensity.

"By midday Saturday, it should be approximately 1,000 miles southeast of the Big Island".

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