Tropical Storm Lane increases to hurricane strength

Accessed on 17 August 2018, 0646 UTC, Post #17441.


Please click link to read the update on Hurricane Lane.


According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, Tropical Storm Lane has just become a category 1 hurricane packing winds of up to 75 mph as it enters the Central Pacific Basin.  Here’s the current storm analysis from the National Weather Service:

“The center of the storm was located about 1,780 miles east-southeast of Hilo and heading west-northwest at 15 mph, forecasters with the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said at 5 p.m. Hawaii time. It was packing 75 mph winds at the time.

Rapid strengthening is expected for the next 36 to 48 hours as the hurricane encounters very low vertical wind shear and warm sea surface temperatures. Lane is forecast to become a major hurricane by Saturday, forecasters said. Little change in strength is expected on Sunday when the storm’s expected to be circulating 125 mph winds.”

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Russ Roberts