It's expected to get dangerously close to the islands Thursday and lash the area until Saturday, forecasters said.
"We have advised the members of the Filipino Community to prepare emergency kits good for 14 days, as well as heed all the warnings and advise of Hawaii State and Federal government authorities and the specific warnings for their areas", Jimeno said.
Residents of the Big Island are already rattled by the three-month eruption of Kilauea volcano, which has forced thousands of residents from their homes and engulfed hundreds of structures in lava. Tornadoes are also a possibility, the CPHC said.
At this point, Kauai, Honolulu, Maui, and Hawaii counties are under a state of emergency. It was expected to begin a turn toward the northwest of the island later on Wednesday, followed by a turn to the north-northwest on Thursday.
The University of Hawai'i at Hilo will remain closed through Sunday, August 26.
Currently, Lane is sustaining winds of over 130 miles per hour, and the storm's center could possibly make landfall on Friday.
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A hurricane watch has been issued for Oahu and Kauai. The same pattern is expected for Oahu. In the western half of that ocean they are called typhoons instead of hurricanes and tend to be bigger and badder than the storms that plague the Americas.
Meteorologist Chevy Chevalier said Lane may drop to a Category 3 by Thursday afternoon but that would still be a major hurricane. There is a major flash flood warning for the Big Island through Thursday morning, and the NWS is warning of life-threatening flooding and landslides throughout the islands.
Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state.
Forecasters also warned of large swells that produce rough surf and unsafe rip currents along south, southeast and southwest facing shores. A prolonged period of high surf will likely lead to significant coastal erosion.
Hawaii's inexperience with storms of Lane's caliber will make that preparation more hard. The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Video of NOAA Hurricane Hunter "Kermit" flying inside eye. According to the 11 a.m. This will bring the hurricane perilously close to the main Hawaiian Islands. When exactly this will occur is the million dollar question. He's also got a freezer full of fish he's caught on dives and deer he's hunted on the island to last them through the storm. I have adjusted the intensity forecast upward a bit to be in better agreement with the ECMWF.
The Big Island is still reeling from recent volcanic eruptions, and forecasters warn the worst is still to come. In fact, in terms of wind speed only one hurricane, 2015's Patricia, even cracks the top ten; all the rest are cyclones in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.