Hurricane Lane is slowly moving to the Northwest soaking the Big Island with heavy rains. The current track of the storm has changed little from the 11:00 PM update, but the storm has weakened significantly due to southwestern shear. The maximum sustained winds at this time are ~132 MPH, so Lane is still a Major Hurricane at this point. The current forecast calls for a faster rate of weakening.
Please pray for the wind shear to continue to weaken Hurricane Lane. Praise God for the increased weakening over the past several hours. 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 0500 UPDATE)
Hurricane Lane Discussion Number 36 NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center Honolulu HI EP142018 500 AM HST Thu Aug 23 2018 Lane's satellite appearance has degraded somewhat since the previous advisory as southwesterly shear impacts the vertical integrity of the cyclone. However, the eye is still evident in traditional infrared imagery and remains surrounded by a solid ring of cold cloud tops. Water vapor imagery shows Lane's circulation becoming elongated, with outflow severely restricted in the southwest semicircle. The subjective Dvorak current intensity estimates from GTW/TAFB/HFO/SAB ranged from 6.0/115 kt to 6.5/127 kt for this advisory, while data-T numbers were as low as 5.5/105 kt. Using a blend, the initial intensity for this advisory is set at 115 kt. Lane is currently moving toward the northwest into an increasingly hostile environment between a deep-layer ridge to the east, and a trough aloft to the northwest. The initial motion for this advisory is 320/6 kt, with southwesterly shear estimated to be around 25 kt by UW-CIMSS. The track and intensity forecast are extremely dependent on one another in the current forecast scenario, with Lane expected to move generally toward the north while it remains a hurricane, and generally toward the west once it weakens. Confidence in the forecast is reduced because it is uncertain how Lane's core will be impacted by its potential interaction with island terrain, and the subsequent rate of weakening. Regardless of whether Lane's center moves over one of the Hawaiian Islands, an increasing amount of southwesterly shear along the forecast track will lead to significant weakening. If Lane's core were to move over one of the islands as has been consistently depicted by GFS/HWRF, then the cyclone would weaken even more rapidly. EMX2 is on the left side of the guidance and indicates less interaction with island terrain, and therefore a slightly slower rate of weakening. Based on a preponderance of evidence presented by the guidance, the updated forecast indicates a faster rate of weakening than indicated earlier, especially on days 2 and 3. The expectation is that Lane will weaken due to the combined and cumulative effects of debilitating shear and the interruption of the circulation due to proximity to the high mountains of Maui and the Big Island. The official intensity forecast now closely follows IVCN, SHIPS and the ECMWF-based SHIPS. The track forecast anticipates this weakening, with Lane turning sharply toward the west on day 3. Until then, the forecast track is shifted slightly to the right of the previous forecast through Friday, bringing Lane northward and very close to the Big Island and Maui County. This is similar to the multi-model consensus HCCA, which includes GFS and HWRF as weighted members. A slow forward speed is expected as this occurs, with Lane then moving more quickly toward west as it becomes shallow and carried by the low-level trade wind flow. NOAA Buoy 51002 to the southwest of the islands is in the path of Lane, and recently reported a wind gust to 56 kt and significant wave heights near 23 ft. Associated data were used to refine wind and seas radii in the northwest quadrant. KEY MESSAGES: 1. Lane will pass dangerously close to the main Hawaiian Islands as a hurricane today and Friday, and is expected to bring damaging winds. These winds can be accelerated over and downslope from elevated terrain, and will be higher in high rise buildings. 2. The slow movement of Lane also greatly increases the threat for prolonged heavy rainfall and extreme rainfall totals. This is expected to lead to life-threatening flash flooding and landslides over all Hawaiian Islands. 3. 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. 4. Do not focus on the exact forecast track or intensity of Lane, and be 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 could still occur. Even if the center of Lane remains offshore, severe impacts could still be realized as they extend well away from the center.