©NOAA HANDOUT/EPA/MAXPPP - epa06968045 A handout photo made available by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on 24 August 2018 shows an image acquired by NOAA's GOES-15 satellite of Hurricane Lane, with a well-defined eye, positioned about 300 miles south of Hawaii's Big Island, USA, 22 August 2018, at 2 p.m. ET. Hawaii has been hit with strong winds and torrential rains on 23 and early 24 August, as the storm approached the state. EPA-EFE/NOAA HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Hurricane Lane heads north this Friday towards the main islands of the Hawaiian archipelago. It has already caused heavy rains and floods, the authorities urging vigilance even if the hurricane has weakened in intensity.

Hurricane Lane has weakened but is still a threat to the Hawaiian archipelago. He is now heading to the main islands. The authorities urged their population to be cautious.

320 kilometers from the capital

At 12 pm GMT, with winds of 195 km / h, this hurricane was classified as category 3 (out of 5) on the Saffir-Simpson scale and advanced at 8 km / h, according to the latest newsletter from the National Hurricane Center. Pacific (CPHC).

 

This powerful storm, located 320 kilometers south of Honolulu, the capital of the state of Hawaii, continued to worry US authorities, many territories remain in “hurricane alert” .

“The eye of the hurricane will pass or dangerously close to parts of the main islands of Hawaii later today or tonight,” said the same source. This Thursday, researchers embarked on a plane had filmed the inside of the eye of the hurricane, giving impressive images.

 

Lane’s effects were already being felt with strong winds blowing over the main island of Maui and Oahu, where Honolulu is located.

60 centimeters of water in some places

US Meteorologists at the National Weather Service (NWS) Honolulu had recorded winds ranging from 56 km / h to nearly 108 km / h across the islands. More than 60 centimeters of water had already fallen on some areas of the main island, according to the latest statement from the CPHC.

“Hurricane Lane is still a powerful Category 3 hurricane. There is always a strong possibility of rising water, strong winds and heavy rains,” Honolulu’s mayor said Thursday night.

 

“Our teams are in close cooperation with the state (of Hawaii) and with the local authorities,” the US president had tweeted on Thursday. “You are in our thoughts,” said Donald Trump, addressing the inhabitants of this American archipelago in the Pacific.

The National Pacific Hurricane Center predicts a weakening of wind strength later in the day from Friday until late Saturday, though Lane is expected to remain a “dangerous hurricane” as it approaches the islands.