Hurricane Lester Potential Direct Hit Maui and Oahu

Hurricane Lester

Most recent Notice from National Weather Service

Hurricane Lester strengthens and continues moving westward toward the Hawaiian Islands.

New Information. Updated position and intensity. Lester, now a Category 3 hurricane.

Areas affected. This local statement provides information for portions of locations within the Hawaiian Islands.


A Hurricane Watch continues for Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe. Maui, the Big Island.

A High Surf Advisory is in effect for the east facing shores of the Big Island, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, and Maui.

Storm information. At 2 PM Hst, the center of Hurricane Lester was located near Latitude 18.5N, longitude 145.4W, or about 640 miles east of Hilo Hawaii, or about 840 miles east of Honolulu Hawaii.

Hurricane Lester is moving west at 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph.

Yesterday’s Update From National Weather Service

As Hurricane Madeline passes to the south of Hawaii bringing flash floods and strong currents to Hawaii island, another powerful storm, Hurricane Lester has reached a category 4 status, with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the storm is moving west at 13 mph as of 11 a.m., 1,000 miles east of Hilo and 1,190 miles east of Honolulu.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu has taken over responsibility to track Lester as it continues to churn over the Pacific.

Lester is expected to arrive in Hawaii Friday into Sunday and could bring high surf, strong winds and more rain to the islands. But it is still too far away to predict its exact path and effects on the islands of Hawaii.

This powerful one to punch will certainly keep the island of Hawaii on it’s toes as there is not much time to prepare for Lester as Madeline dumps rain and pounds the surfline.

Some forecasters have cited that Hurricane Lester could potentially make a direct impact on Maui and or Oahu, which is a slim chance, that would have a devastating impact.

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