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15 Aug 2018 | 11:36 PM UTC

US: Tropical Storm Lane to become hurricane August 16

Tropical Storm Lane is forecast to become a hurricane on Thursday, August 16; could affect Hawai'i on August 20

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USA

Event

Tropical Storm Lane is forecast to become a hurricane on Thursday, August 16, and continue strengthening to a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) on Saturday, August 18. As of 17:00 (local time), Wednesday, August 15, Lane is about 3288 km (2043 mi) from the coast of Hawai'i and moving west around 20 km/h (13 mph). The storm is expected to shift its course slightly northward and could affect Hawai'i beginning Monday, August 20. Lane is currently producing sustained winds of 85 km/h (50 mph) with gusts up to 101 km/h (63 mph) and is forecast to strengthen to a Category 3 with sustained winds of 195 km/h (121 mph) by Saturday.

Context

Lane formed as a tropical depression on Tuesday, August 14 and quickly strengthened to a tropical storm the following day. The Pacific Hurricane Season extends from May 15 to November 30, with the largest concentration of storms typically occurring between August and October.

Advice

Individuals in or traveling to Hawai'i are advised to monitor local weather forecasts and adhere to any advice issued by regional authorities.

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