The Latest: Powerful hurricane getting closer to Hawaii

Published 08-21-2018

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HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on a hurricane headed toward Hawaii (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A powerful hurricane is moving closer to Hawaii as residents stock up on essentials such as water and ramen.

A National Weather Service update Tuesday says Hurricane Lane is Category 4 storm about 400 miles (644 kilometers) southeast of the Big Island and about 575 miles (925 kilometers) from Honolulu.

The Big Island, Maui and other smaller islands are under a hurricane watch. The weather service says it's likely additional tropical storm or hurricane watches will be issued later Tuesday.

The storm has been moving west but is expected to turn northwest toward the state Wednesday into Thursday. There's some uncertainty about its path, and residents are bracing for the worst.

Hawaiian Airlines is waiving change fees for tickets to, from, within and through Hawaii from Tuesday through Sunday.

Workers at stores throughout the islands say they're bracing for an afternoon rush of people getting supplies.

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7:40 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for parts of Hawaii.

Senior Honolulu forecaster Tom Birchard says the watch for Hurrica

Hawaiian Airlines is waiving change fees for tickets to, from, within and through Hawaii from Tuesday through Sunday.

Workers at stores throughout the islands say they're bracing for an afternoon rush of people getting supplies.

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7:40 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for parts of Hawaii.

Senior Honolulu forecaster Tom Birchard says the watch for Hurricane Lane has been issued for the island of Hawaii and Maui County, which includes the island of Maui and other smaller islands.

Hurricane conditions could reach those areas within 48 hours. He says it's possible Oahu and Kauai might eventually be included in a watch.

The hurricane is category 4 with winds to 150 mph (241 kph).

It has been moving west but is expected to turn northwest toward the state.

Birchard says Hawaii residents could be slammed with heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf even if the center doesn't reach the islands.

Birchard says residents likely will have Tuesday and Wedne

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7:40 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for parts of Hawaii.

Senior Honolulu forecaster Tom Birchard says the watch for Hurricane Lane has been issued for the island of Hawaii and Maui County, which includes the island of Maui and other smaller islands.

Hurricane conditions could reach those areas within 48 hours. He says it's possible Oahu and Kauai might eventually be included in a watch.

The hurricane is category 4 with winds to 150 mph (241 kph).

It has been moving west but is expected to turn northwest toward the state.

Birchard says Hawaii residents could be slammed with heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf even if the center doesn't reach the islands.

Birchard says residents likely will have Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare.

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