Hurricane Lane Update, Tuesday evening, 21 August 2018

Accessed on 22 August 2018, 0509 UTC, Post #17474.


Email message from the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Hurricane Lane has been upgraded to a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 155 mph.  The National Weather Service and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center say the storm will come very close to Hawaii Island before heading towards Maui, Oahu, Molokai, and Kauai.  Here is the latest update:

“A message from COUNTY OF HAWAII

This is a Civil Defense hurricane update for Tuesday, August 21 at 6:00 in the evening.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning for Hawaii County. A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions of damaging winds, damaging surf, and flooding rains are possible within 36 hours.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports as of 5:00 pm, Hurricane Lane is a category 4 hurricane located approximately 375 miles SSE of Kailua-Kona with sustained winds of 155 mph, moving WNW at approximately 9 mph.

Due to the Hurricane Warning, the following advisories have been issued:

  • A high surf warning with extreme ocean surges and large breaking waves is in effect for south facing shores of Ka’u and Kona.
  • A flash flood watch is in effect for the island of Hawaii. Do expect possible heavy rain leading to flash flooding.
  • Hurricane force winds are possible on the west side of the island from South Point to Kohala on Thursday. The remainder of the island could experience tropical storm force winds.

Due to the Hurricane Warning status, the following closures are in effect:

  • All public schools and the University of Hawaii campuses will be closed until further notice.
  • All beach parks, from South Point north to Kohala, will be closed until further notice. All pavilion and camping permits for these parks have been cancelled.
  • South Point Road from the Kamaoa Road junction to South Point is closed to all traffic.

The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) advises all boat owners in unprotected harbors from Milolii to Mahukona to take all measures to secure their vessels. This includes removal, if possible. Complete all actions before nightfall Wednesday.

The Department of Education, in coordination with the American Red Cross and Hawaii County Parks and Recreation, have identified shelters in all districts that will be opened if necessary. You will be notified if any of the shelters are opened.

Civil Defense is monitoring Hurricane Lane and will keep you informed of any changes that may affect your safety.

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.”

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts