A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Hawaii County, Maui County including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A Hurricane Watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm conditions, which make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
Interests elsewhere in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Lester.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by the National Weather Service office in Honolulu Hawaii.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 1100 AM HST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lester was located near latitude 18.4 North, longitude 144.8 West. Lester is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h). This motion is expected to continue into the afternoon, followed by a gradual turn toward the west-northwest later today through Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 968 mb (28.59 inches).