Hawaii forecasters watching Tropical Storm Lane

Forecasters are tracking a new named storm in the Eastern Pacific that is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane.

As of 5 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Lane was 2,185 miles east-southeast of Hilo. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts and is moving west at 14 mph.

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Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the storm’s center.

Lane is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday and could become a major hurricane on Saturday. It is also forecast to cross into the Central Pacific on Saturday as a major hurricane.

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At this point, Lane poses no threat to land.

The Tribune-Herald will provide updates, as necessary.

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