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.
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
WTPA31 PHFO 020840 TCPCP1 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 ----------------------------------------------- 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 -------------------- 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 ------------------------------ 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 ---------------------- 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 ------------- Next intermediate advisory at 200 AM HST. Next complete advisory at 500 AM HST. $$ Forecaster Birchard