Hurricane Lane strengthens to category 5 as it heads for Hawaii

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The storm is located 315 miles south of Kailua and Kona in Hawaii and about 460 miles south-southeast of Honolulu, the capital.

Lane represented another kind of rarity: It was a Category 5 storm late Tuesday before weakening Wednesday morning. Roofs and walls will collapse.

Tropical storm conditions will be possible on the Big island on Wednesday with hurricane conditions possible on Thursday.

The National Weather Service says the hurricane warning in effect for Hawaii's Big Island has been extended to the island of Maui. A hurricane watch was in effect for Oahu and Kauai.

Government weather satellites are watching closely as Hurricane Lane, a massive Category 5 storm, threatens Hawaii.

Southern and southeastern areas of the island can also expect similar wind conditions as the leeward areas, however, rainfall could total more than 2 feet in areas of Ka'u. "A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe".

This is expected to trigger flash flooding and landslides, the NWS said. "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", according to the agency.

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At 11 p.m. Tuesday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said Hurricane Lane was maintaining its intensity as a ferocious Category 5 storm, packing maximum sustained winds near 160 miles per hour with higher gusts.

A slow weakening of Lane is expected over the next two days but the system is expected to remain a unsafe hurricane as it draws nearer to the islands, the weather service said.

As of the 5AM HST, Major Hurricane Lane dropped a notch to a Cat 4 cyclone with 135kt sustained winds.

Hurricane Lane, which on Tuesday night briefly became a Category 5 storm, the most severe ranking, is being called the biggest storm to near the Hawaiian islands in some 24 years.

Hawaii's governor David Ige has been constantly updating his constituents via social media with new reports from the weather organizations keeping tabs on Hurricane Lane's path. These swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along exposed west, south and east facing shorelines.

Parts of South River Road in the Horseman's Parkway area are closed due to flooding on the roadway.

They are also working with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and hotels to be sure visitors are informed of the hurricane and dangers that come with it.

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