Updated 1:15 pm: Hurricane watch posted for Maui County

Major Hurricane Lane, a Category 4 storm, is heading toward Hawaii, forecasters warn

His stark warning to Hawaiians was that the archipelago of eight large islands "is in danger of being significantly impacted by Hurricane Lane, whether or not the hurricane directly hits the state".

"Hawaii is a small target in the big ocean, so it just has to be really good timing and the conditions have to be right for us to get a direct hit", Eric Lau, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Honolulu, told the Associated Press in 2014.

"On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday", forecasters said. Six people died as a result of the storm, and more than 100 were injured, according to a CPHC report on the 1992 hurricane season.

"Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands", the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is allowing non-essential state employees on the Big Island and Maui to go on administrative leave from Wednesday to Friday as Hurricane Lane approaches.

Life-threatening weather conditions can extend well away from the center of the hurricane and interests throughout Hawaii are urged to closely monitor the progress of Lane over the next few days. Note that the strands are clustered together where the forecast track is most confident, but they diverge where the course of the storm is less certain.

All residents should review preparedness plans and take early precautionary measures at this time.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Big Island, including Hilo, and hurricane watches are in place for Maui and Oahu, including Honolulu.

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Hurricane Iniki was the most powerful hurricane to strike the USA state of Hawaii with 145 miles per hour winds striking Kauaʻi in 1992.

Only four named storms - two hurricanes and two tropical storms - have made landfall in Hawaii since 1959.

NASA shared an image of the hurricane from space showing the huge swirling storm clouds closing in on Hawaii.

Lane continues to be a very impressive hurricane.

Residents are stocking up on essentials are they prepare for Lane to reach Hawaii.

Residents on Kauai who are preparing for Lane vividly remember the destruction caused by Iniki 26 years ago.

Paul Akamine fills propane tanks for customers as Hurricane Lane approaches Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. August 22, 2018. 'A lot of people are comparing the similarities between Iniki and Lane, ' he said.

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