Safety Advisory: Hawaii
Another hurricane is threatening to impact Hawaii this week, as dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Lane approaches the Central Pacific island chain just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.
Lane has maximum winds of 125 mph (201 km/h) and is located about 600 miles (965 km) southeast of Hawaii's big island.
The storm is currently moving westward at 14 mph (22 km/h) and should continue to move west over the next day or so. But forecast models are indicating that Lane will turn in a more northerly direction by late Tuesday and Wednesday, which could put it on track to bring significant impacts to the islands.
There has been a significant jump to the north in the forecast models over the past 24 hours, bringing the Hawaiian Islands squarely into the five-day forecast cone issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.
The National Weather Service in Hawaii has already issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the southern and western portions of the Big Island's coastline.
"Strong winds associated with Hurricane Lane may impact waters south of the Big Island as early as Wednesday morning, with rough seas and swells expected to increase Tuesday night,"
Large waves are already being experienced along the eastern edge of Hawaii, with a "sizable swell already propagating out from this storm, which is currently impacting the eastern exposures throughout the Hawaiian Islands, showing strongest along the Hilo Side of the Big Island," according to Jonathan Warren, lead forecaster for Surfline.com.
Travelers have been advised to stay out of the beaches, especially if they're planning on surfing since large waves have been taking over several beaches.
Hawaii is still battling the Kilauea Volcano eruption. Earlier this week, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a lull in volcanic activity, but Kilauea remains hazardous. There is still “active lava within crusted lava pond,” according to the agency. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to dangerous conditions.
You can follow all the live updates from the hurricane here