Lane becomes sixth hurricane of of 2018 Pacific season

Christopher Davidson
August 18, 2018

Lane should continue to move south of a subtropical ridge in either a westward or west-northwestward direction through the entire forecast period.

Hurricane Lane is the sixth hurricane of the 2018 Pacific season and is projected to cross into the central Pacific on Saturday.

Now packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, Hurricane Lane was located 1,590 miles east-southeast of Hilo at 5 a.m. today and was moving west at 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, by Wednesday morning, current forecast models have Lane a Category 1 storm circulating 80 mph winds located about 300 miles south-southwest of Hilo and 240 miles south of South Point.

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

Hurricane Lane tropical storm force wind speed probability graphic.

Lane is now undergoing rapid intensification, which is expected to peak within the next 24-36 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center. Little change in strength is expected on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center says.

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The system is now a strong Category 2 Hurricane, carrying maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, with hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 105 miles from the center.

Hurricane Lane satellite imagery.

This would mean that the centre of the storm would keep south of the Hawaiian islands.

Should the hurricane reach Hawaii, violent waves, strong winds and heavy rain would hit the islands.

Lane appears poised for further rapid strengthening during the next 24 hours.

He added: "Expect intensification at least into the weekend".

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