Hurricane Lane, a dangerous Category 4 storm, headed toward Hawaii

(CNN) – Another hurricane is threatening to impact Hawaii this week, as dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Lane approaches the Central Pacific island chain just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.

But Hurricane Lane looks poised to bring much more significant impacts to the state, as the forecast puts the storm very close to the islands, with a direct landfall is possible later this week.

Hurricane Watches have been issued for Hawaii and Maui counties, in the eastern part of the islands.

Lane has maximum winds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and is about 450 miles (725 km) southeast of Hawaii’s big island.

The storm is currently moving westward at 12 mph (19 km/h) and should continue to move west through tonight.

But forecast models are indicating that Lane will turn in a more northerly direction by Wednesday, which will bring the center of Lane very close to Hawaii and Maui counties on Thursday, the Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Lane poses a “potential threat to life and property,” according to the NWS, and “efforts to protect property should now be underway.”

More watches and even warnings could be necessary for additional islands as the storm moves closer in the next 24 to 48 hours.