The strongest hurricane to ever threaten Hawaii is bearing down on the islands as a Category 5 storm.
There has never been a Category 5 storm this close to the state.
Officials with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center have issued Hurricane warnings for the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island. A hurricane watch has been issued for Kauai.
Here are seven stunning images that convey the power of the storm:
Max sustained winds in #HurricaneLane have increased to 160 MPH, making this a very dangerous Category 5 hurricane.… https://t.co/8vPpuNpXh2— NASA SPoRT (@NASA SPoRT) 1534942003.0
NOAA's WP-3D Orion, #Kermit, encountered a phenomenon known as "stadium effect" inside the eye of #HurricaneLane. C… https://t.co/X0W6Lxj3DC— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA Aircraft Operations Center) 1534943215.0
UPDATE: #Lane is officially a dangerous category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 160mph. Lane is only one o… https://t.co/hPPuqiRvHP— NWSHonolulu (@NWSHonolulu) 1534917129.0
Just landed safely in #Hawaii. Video of the the eye of Category 5 #HurricaneLane just before sunset. It’s a strong… https://t.co/DbR88DbJ2y— Lisa Bucci (@Lisa Bucci) 1534933057.0
#Lane now a Major Category 5 Hurricane with winds of 160mph. Doesn't get much stronger than this. https://t.co/V8b6YkwExR— Drew Tuma (@Drew Tuma) 1534912822.0
Cat 5 #Lane in an interesting postion this morning. There is an area of stronger shear (20kts) very close to #Lane… https://t.co/eNMdou7kqP— Jim Cantore (@Jim Cantore) 1534936391.0
Hurricane #Lane becomes only the 6th recorded Category 5 hurricane in the Central Pacific. The storm will gradually… https://t.co/vgFKGY04M1— Grant Gilmore WTSP (@Grant Gilmore WTSP) 1534919762.0
This is a historic storm. #HurricaneLane is the strongest hurricane to ever threaten Hawaii, and the first Categor… https://t.co/HC7lSOeRCr— Eric Holthaus (@Eric Holthaus) 1534913757.0