Water Resources of the United States
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:52:01 EDT
Summary: Category 4 Hurricane Lane is about 300 miles south of Honolulu, and heading north with a variety of impacts to the Hawaiian Islands expected.
The Hawaiian Islands are currently being impacted by Hurricane Lane, a major category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. As of 6 AM HST, Lane was located around 210 miles south-southwest of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and 305 miles south of Honolulu, Hawaii. It is moving northwest at around 7 mph. Lane is a large storm, currently producing rainfall on all of the Hawaiian Islands. All of Hawaii is under a Hurricane Warning at this time, except for Kauai County which is under a Hurricane Watch.
Expected impacts of the storm across the state include flooding, storm surge, landslides, and wind damage. As of 10 AM HST on Thursday, 2 streams in the state were above National Weather Service Flood Stage (Honolii Stream and Wailuku River in eastern Hawaii Island, near Hilo). The USGS Quarry Rain Gage at Saddle Road on Hawaii Island recorded 15.80 inches of rainfall in the 24 hours preceding 10 AM on Thursday.
No gages have been damaged or destroyed, and all real-time gages are currently transmitting.
One USGS staff member is working briefly on Thursday to ensure auto-samplers on Oahu are ready to collect during the event. The rest of the staff are sheltering, and in some cases teleworking to watch the event and prepare for the post-hurricane response.
Project Alert messages will be posed daily for this event until further notice.