8 PM UPDATE: Hurricane Lane Now Category 3
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for O‘ahu, Maui County including the islands Lana‘i, Moloka‘i and Kaho‘olawe.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hawai‘i County.
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Kaua‘i County…including the island of Ni‘ihau.
At 8 p.m. the eye of Hurricane Lane was located by radar and satellite imagery near latitude 18.0 North, longitude 157.9 West. Lane is moving toward the north near 6 mph (9 km/h). A slow general northward motion is expected to continue through Friday. A turn toward the west is anticipated Saturday and Sunday, with an increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move over, or dangerously close to portions of the main Hawaiian islands later tonight and Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Lane is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Lane is expected to remain a hurricane as it approaches the islands.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 959 mb (28.32 inches).