Hurricane Lane now a tropical storm

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As of 5:00 p.m. HST, the National Weather Service reported that Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Lane is now moving 4 miles per hour in a westward direction away from the Hawaiian Islands and forecasted to become a tropical depression by Saturday night.

Tropical Storm Lane, the center of which was 150 miles south-southwest of Honolulu at 5:00 p.m. HST, underwent a rapid weakening today, a product of strong wind shear and trade winds effectively collapsing the thunderstorm that formed the core of Lane. The island of Hawaii’s mountainous terrain, particularly mammoth Maunaloa and Maunakea, also contributed to the storm losing strength.

The National Weather Service reported that high winds and ocean storm surge are no longer seen as threats to the Hawaiian Islands. The most likely potential threats that remain are rainstorms and flash flooding in localized areas statewide. Rainfall of 5 to 10 inches, with isolated areas receiving up to 15 inches, is possible as the storm follows its westward course south of the Hawaiian Islands.

The island of Hawaii has already borne the brunt of Tropical Storm Lane, receiving up to 36 inches of rain on the island’s east side in a 24-hour period along with reports of flash flooding in several areas, according to the National Weather Service.

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, cautioned residents and visitors to continue monitoring the weather conditions and to not take unnecessary risks until the storm has completed its pass of the islands.

“The downgrading of Lane to a tropical storm is a huge relief for all of Hawaii, as the entire state has been staring at the rare possibility of being struck by a major hurricane this past week,” said Szigeti. “The continued threats of rainfall and flooding over the next 24 hours need to be taken seriously until we know for certain Tropical Storm Lane is no longer a danger to people and property statewide.”

Several flights were canceled yesterday and earlier today when hurricane warnings were still in effect, creating a backlog of travelers who were scheduled to depart Hawaii these past two days. Travelers affected by these flight cancellations are strongly encouraged to contact their airline providers and secure a confirmed ticket before going to the airport.

Weather Information

Up-to-date online information on the trek of Hurricane Lane is available at the following:

National Weather Service Forecast

Central Pacific Hurricane Center 

Hurricane Preparedness

Real Time Satellite Image 

Emergency Notifications

The public can sign up to receive emergency notifications at the following webpages:

County of Hawaii 

City & County of Honolulu

County of Kauai 

County of Maui

Hurricane Lane Evacuation Shelter List for the State of Hawaii

City and County of Honolulu

Aiea High School

Leilehua High School

Radford High School

Waialua High and Intermediate School

Dole Middle School

Farrington High School

Kaimuki Middle School

Kaiser High School

Kalani High School

McKinley High School

Stevenson Middle School

Campbell High School

Kapolei High School

Leihoku Elementary School

Nanakuli High and Intermediate School

Pearl City High

Waipahu High School

Brigham Young University Hawaii

Castle High School

Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School

County of Maui

Hana High and Elementary School

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Ballroom

Lahaina Christian Fellowship Church

Lahaina Intermediate School

Lanai High and Elementary School

Lokelani Intermediate School

King Kekaulike High School

Maui High School

Molokai High School

County of Hawaii

Hookena Elementary School

Kamehameha Park Hisaoka Gym (Pet Friendly)

Kealakehe High School (Pet Friendly)

Keeau High School

Konawaena High School Gym

Waiakea High School

Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School

County of Kauai

Kilauea Gym

Kilauea Elementary School

Church of the Pacific in Princeville

For a listing of road closures statewide, please refer to the Hawaii State Department of Transportation Highways Division’s website.

For tourism updates please visit the Alerts page of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Travelers planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands who have questions can contact the Hawaii Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800-GOHAWAII (1-800-464-2924).