Hurricane Lester: Hurricane Watch Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe

by John Galt
August 28, 2016 12:30 ET

09.01.16 21:00 ET –

As the West Coast of Florida gets lashed by Hurricane Hermine, the Hawaiian Islands are preparing for a possible double strike this time from Hurricane Lester. If the track verifies the storm’s strong side will stay away from the islands. More info in tomorrow’s updates.

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This has to be the weirdest hurricane season I’ve seen in a while and that’s after surviving 2004-2005 in Florida. The “m” letter storm Madeline will hit the big island of Hawaii within days but right on its heels is Hurricane Lester and the forecasters are hoping Madeline creates enough up-welling of cold water in the Pacific Ocean around the Hawaiian Islands to weaken the storm.

Only time will tell.

I shall, as with Madeline attempt to update this thread twice daily with NHC and soon CPHC updates as the storm approaches.

LATEST NHC ADVISORY

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BULLETIN
HURRICANE LESTER ADVISORY NUMBER  35
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI   EP132016
1100 PM HST THU SEP 01 2016
 
...RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS LESTER REMAINS A CATEGORY THREE
HURRICANE...
 
 
SUMMARY OF 1100 PM HST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...19.1N 147.2W
ABOUT 515 MI...830 KM E OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 710 MI...1140 KM E OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...963 MB...28.44 INCHES
 
 
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
 
None.
 
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
 
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Hawaii County
* Maui County including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and
Kahoolawe
* Oahu
 
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane force winds are possible
within the watch area. A Hurricane Watch is typically issued 48
hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm
force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult
or dangerous.
 
Interests elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the
progress of Lester.
 
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by the National Weather Service office in
Honolulu Hawaii.
 
 
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 1100 PM HST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lester was
located near latitude 19.1 North, longitude 147.2 West. Lester is
moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this
motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the
forecast track, the center of Lester will be closing to, or over,
the Hawaiian Islands this weekend. 
 
Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher
gusts. Lester is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale. Gradual weakening is forecast during the
next couple of days. 
 
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles
(220 km).
 
The estimated minimum central pressure is 963 mb (28.44 inches).
 
 
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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WIND: Hurricane conditions are possible over Hawaii and Maui
Counties beginning Friday night and continuing through Saturday.
Hurricane conditions are possible over Oahu beginning Saturday and
continuing through Saturday night.
 
SURF: Large swells generated by Lester will arrive in Hawaiian
waters the next couple of days, including the northwestern Hawaiian
Islands. Surf generated these swells will peak this weekend in the
main Hawaiian Islands, becoming very large and possibly damaging
along exposed shorelines.

RAIN: Heavy rains associated with Lester may impact Hawaii and
Maui counties late Friday into Saturday, and may impact Oahu
Saturday and Saturday night.
 
 
NEXT ADVISORY
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Next intermediate advisory at 200 AM HST.
Next complete advisory at 500 AM HST.
 
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Forecaster Birchard
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