NWS officials discuss what to expect as Hurricane Lane approaches the islands

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National Weather Service officials discussed what to expect from Hurricane Lane as it continues to approach the islands as a Category 4 storm Tuesday. 

NWS issued a hurricane watch for Maui County and Hawaii County.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds and conditions. 

Also, a flash flood watch for the entire state has been issued starting Wednesday morning through Friday evening. 

Hurricane Lane is expected to bring potentially damaging surf. A high surf advisory is also in effect for east facing shores of Maui County and Hawaii County.

Big Island officials have closed Whittington and Punaluu Beach Parks. All pavilion and camping permits for these parks have been canceled. Meanwhile, South Point Road from the Kamaoa Road junction to South Point is closed to all through traffic; open to local residents only. 

This story is developing, stay with KHON2 on-air and online for the latest details. 

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