Canadians advised against non-essential travel to Hawaii as hurricane looms

The storm was traveling west-northwest at 9 miles per hour with 160 miles per hour maximum sustained winds.

The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles (260 kilometres) per hour.

A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Hawaii Island as powerful Hurricane Lane continues to move west northwest towards the state.

The onset of damaging tropical-storm-force winds on the Big Island could start later this evening, with risky hurricane force winds starting in the overnight hours.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there will certainly be battering waves on the coast and potentially "life-threatening flash flooding from heavy rainfall" as water pours down the famously mountainous Hawaiian terrain.

A hurricane watch is in effect for several of the islands, including Maui and Lanai, as impacts from the storm are expected to reach the islands starting on Wednesday. "I urge our residents and visitors to take this threat seriously and prepare for a significant impact".

"We expect it to gradually weaken as it gets closer to the islands, ' says meteorologist Chevy Chevalier in Honolulu".

In this photo provided City and County of Honolulu, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, center, receives a briefing from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Hurricane Lane at the Emergency Operations Center in Honolulu, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.

A hurricane warning in effect for Hawaii's Big Island was extended Wednesday to the island of Maui, The National Weather Service said.

Forecasters warned of large swells that could produce unsafe surf and strong currents along some shorelines, beginning Wednesday on the Big Island. It's possible Oahu and Kauai may later be included in a weather service advisory for the hurricane.

As the storm gradually tracks further under and eventually to the southwest of the Big Island look for the leading ESE-SE swell to fade across the eastern exposures into the second half of the week. In fact, only twice in recorded history (most recently Iniki in 1992) has a hurricane made direct landfall on any island.

Devastation caused by winds and flooding may make locations uninhabitable for weeks and authorities warned Hawaii residents to be prepared to evacuate their homes.

Lane had previously crossed the Category 5 line. It is much too early to confidently determine which, if any, of the main Hawaiian Islands will be directly impacted by Lane.

Part of the reason hurricanes are rare in Hawaii is that the state presents a pretty small target in a very big ocean.

"People are getting ready, which is exactly what we want", Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said.

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