CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: There's a storm brewing out in the Pacific Ocean. It's big. It's powerful. It may be headed to the 50th U.S. state and it leads off today's edition of CNN 10. I'm Carl Azuz. It's good to have you watching.
Hurricane Lane is it's name. At one point yesterday, it was a category 5 storm. The strongest classification on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Since then, Lane has weakened a little as forecasters expected it would. But the system still carried wind speeds of 155 miles per hour which the government says is capable of catastrophic damage to homes, businesses, trees and power lines.
Forecasters don't know for sure if Lane will make a direct hit on Hawaii. The string of islands are a pretty small target in the Pacific and only four named storms, that includes two tropical storms have made landfall there since 1959. However, the U.S. National Weather Service says the center of Hurricane Lane is on track to either hit or skirt by the main Hawaiian islands later this week. So Hawaii has issued hurricane watches and a warning and people are being told to protect themselves, their homes and their businesses.
Even if Lane doesn't make a direct hit, it's still expected to blast the islands with strong wind and rain, rough surf and coast erosion. When it was 480 miles away from Hawaii yesterday morning, it was pushing larger than usual waves across the Pacific onto the Eastern side of the big island. Forecasting hurricanes isn't an exact science. If this storm hits Hawaii, it could happen anytime between Thursday and Sunday.