Hawaii on high alert as Hurricane Lane strengthens to a category 5 160mph monster!

Hawaii has been put on alert amid fears a massive hurricane could be about to batter the island, with potential winds of up to 160mph forecast.

The National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Lane had become a Category 5 hurricane, which means it could cause catastrophic damage.

The hurricane is about 500 miles (804km) south east of Honolulu, the capital.

Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for Hawaii island (also known as Big Island) and a hurricane watch for Oahu, Maui and other smaller islands that make up the archipelago.

Tropical storm-force winds and torrential rain could start arriving on later today!

For more information visit https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/