A lot of good news in the current update. While there can be significant impacts moving forward, according to the CPHC, a “weakening trend is underway.” Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane, and the current track has been shifted more to the left away from the Hawaiian Islands. The Hurricane Warning for Hawaii County has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning, and other warnings and watches remain the same.
Please continue to pray for the wind shear to continue to weaken Hurricane Lane and that a ridge developing to the south east of Lane will not push it more northward. Pray continue to pray for the trade winds to begin pushing Lane to the west sooner than forecast. Please pray for the heavy rains to move away from the main Hawaiian Islands, especially Hawaii Island. Please pray for people to have peace, to heed the watches and warnings, and to prepare the storm and pray for homes and property to be protected from damaging winds and rains.
Here is the most recent forecast discussion from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. (08/23/2018 1700 UPDATE)
Hurricane Lane Discussion Number 38 NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center Honolulu HI EP142018 500 PM HST Thu Aug 23 2018 The weakening trend is underway. Over the past several hours, the CDO of Lane has become elliptical as strong shear, 25 to 35 kt in the UW-CIMSS shear analysis, begins to impinge on the core of the hurricane. Outflow has become very restricted in the southwest The eye, while still clearly evident on radar, is becoming indistinct in the visible and infrared satellite imagery. The satellite intensity estimates from HFO, JTWC, TAFB and SAB were a unanimous 5.5, and the CIMSS FT number was 5.6 with the CI being held up by constraints. Based the current intensity of 105 kt on these estimates. The initial motion estimate is 330/5. There is no change to the forecast philosophy with this package. Lane continues to be steered toward the north on the western side of a mid-level ridge which is located to the east of Hawaii. The consensus guidance continues to show a northward motion, or even a motion toward just east of due north, as the ridge builds south and possibly southwest of the cyclone. The official forecast is similar to the previous track, and remains a bit left of the consensus tracks. As the inner core continues to deteriorate, Lane will come increasingly under the influence of the low level easterlies and begin tracking westward. However, the exact time when this will occur is still rather uncertain, and only a small delay in this decoupling could bring Lane farther north, with considerably worse conditions over the islands. Even if Lane remains along the forecast track, some significant impacts are expected. Our intensity forecast shows weakening, but continues to trend on the high side of the intensity guidance through 72 hours owing to how organized Lane's core has been in recent days. During the later periods of the forecast, it is possible that Lane will not survive the shear and may become a remnant low even sooner than forecast. KEY MESSAGES: 1. It is vital that you do not focus on the exact forecast track or intensity of Lane, and remain prepared for adjustments to the forecast. Although the official forecast does not explicitly indicate Lane's center making landfall over any of the islands, this remains a very real possibility. Even if the center of Lane remains offshore, severe impacts could still be realized as they extend well away from the center. 2. Lane will pass dangerously close to the main Hawaiian Islands as a hurricane on Friday, and is expected to bring damaging winds. Terrain effects can cause strong localized acceleration of the wind through gaps and where winds blow downslope. These acceleration areas will shift with time as Lane passes near or over the islands. Winds will also be stronger at the upper floors of high rise buildings. 3. The slow movement of Lane also greatly increases the threat for prolonged heavy rainfall and extreme rainfall totals. This is expected to lead to major, life-threatening flash flooding and landslides over all Hawaiian Islands. 4. Large and damaging surf can be expected along exposed shorelines, especially along south and west facing coasts, with localized storm surge exacerbating the impacts of a prolonged period of damaging surf. This could lead to severe beach erosion.