Hurricane Local Statement for Oahu

Issued: 515 AM HST SAT SEP 3 2016

LESTER PASSING NORTHEAST OF THE BIG ISLAND AND CONTINUES TO TRACK TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST

NEW INFORMATION
The hurricane watches have been discontinued.
AREAS AFFECTED
This local statement provides information for portions of Hawaii.
WATCHES/WARNINGS
Tropical cyclone watches and warnings are no longer in effect anywhere across the Hawaiian islands.
A high surf warning is in effect for east facing shores of the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Big Island.
STORM INFORMATION
At 4 am HST, the center of hurricane Lester was located near latitude 21.5°N, longitude 153.2°W, or about 170 miles east-northeast of Hilo, or about 300 miles east of Honolulu. Hurricane Lester is moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph.
SITUATION OVERVIEW
Hurricane Lester is forecast to pass approximately 125 miles to the northeast of the islands this weekend. Lester passed by the Big Island early this morning and will pass Maui county later today, Oahu this evening, and Kauai tonight. The hurricane is expected to gradually weaken during the next couple of days.
The most significant impact from Lester is expected to be very large and damaging surf along east facing shores.
There is still a very slight possibility that Lester could drift west of the current forecast track. Although the forecast currently keeps the stronger winds and heaviest rains offshore, our local weather will be highly dependent on the exact track that Lester takes as it passes northeast of the islands.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
Precautionary/preparedness actions, along east facing shores, expect ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches, and lava flows creating the potential for impacts to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways. Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches. Large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances and channels causing challenging boat handling. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death.
NEXT UPDATE
This is the last local statement on this event.

HURRICANE WATCH IS CANCELLED

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
Precautionary/preparedness actions, although Lester appears to have spared the islands any major impacts, we are still in hurricane season. We encourage everyone to have a hurricane plan in place, and keep a hurricane kit with supplies ready in case the islands are threatened again.
STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE
Very large and damaging surf, with peak waves of 15 to 25 feet with locally higher sets, are occurring along east facing shores today and are expected to diminish late tonight through Sunday. These waves, in combination with a possible storm surge of 1 to 2 feet, may cause significant wave runup or damage to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways. Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches. Large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances and channels causing challenging marine navigation.
INLAND FLOODING
Deep tropical moisture around hurricane Lester will result in increasing showers today, with the possibility of localized heavier downpours or thunderstorms. However, the threat of heavy rain and flooding would be greater if Lester moves farther to the west than currently forecast.
WINDS
High winds are no longer expected.