Hurricane Lane may strike Hawaii as Category 5

Islanders warned: 'Cat 5 coming'

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Hurricane Lane may be on a collision course with Hawaii’s Big Island putting residents on alert, officials warned Wednesday.

The massive Category 5 storm is expected to change course and move in a northwesterly direction Thursday which could possibly set it on a collision course for the Hawaiian Islands soon after.

Hurricane Lane approx 4 am HST on Wednesday. (AccuWeather.com)

The storm is reported to be packing 160-mph winds along with heavy rains. As a result, the Big Island has been issued a warning and the islands of Oahu and Maui have been put on watch.

National Hurricane Center

A direct hit by a hurricane in the Hawaiian Islands is rare and can be devastating. In 1992, Hurricane Iniki decimated parts of Kuai in one flourish.