Late on Tuesday, Hurricane Lane was strengthened to a category five storm, per CBS News, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph as it approaches Hawaii.
Hawaii County (which covers the Big Island) is currently under a hurricane warning, meaning that hurricane conditions are expected for the next 36 hours. The rest of the Hawaiian islands are on hurricane watch, which basically means that hurricane conditions are possible but not necessarily going to happen.
Here’s what you need to know about tracking the hurricane and staying up to date on the forecast.
Hurricane Lane’s Projected Path & Current Conditions
As of 1 AM ET, Hurricane Lane was approximately 375 miles south of Kailua-Kona, and 535 miles south of Honolulu. The storm is predicted to move near or over the islands by Saturday at the latest.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that the storm doesn’t have to move completely over the islands in order for there to be hurricane-force weather affecting the island. The center of the storm could be a hundred miles away and still leave an impact, since hurricane-force winds can extend for miles.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has confirmed that the game plan for the storm is to plan for the worst, per a conversation with CBS News on Monday.
“Some people might say, ‘Another hurricane, it didn’t hit us last time, we don’t need to worry.’ No, we got to plan for the worst and hope for the best,” Caldwell said.