Hurricane Douglas bears down on Hawaii as coronavirus pandemic flares

Katie Ramirez
July 25, 2020

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu said the hurricane will continue to weaken as it reaches Hawaii.

"During the time period of reliable information, this is the 4th hottest day in which the 1st hurricane of the season has fashioned", in accordance to the hurricane heart. While the southwest corner of Maui and Hawaii islands have best odds of getting through this storm unscathed, it's imperative everyone plan for the worst anyway.

Hanna, which was upgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday, is the eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

It is vital that you do not focus on the exact forecast track or intensity of Douglas, and remain prepared for changes to the forecast. There could be radically different weather conditions across short distances as well as on each island.

Mr. Feltgen said it appeared that Gonzalo would not reach hurricane strength, noting that the storm's winds had decreased to 45 miles per hour.

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Hawaii Governor David Ige speaks with a Weatherboy meteorologist at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. "Our top priority is always the safety, health and well-being of our residents and visitors. We ask everyone to closely follow emergency instructions as we prepare for Hurricane Douglas", said the Governor.

While Douglas is now projected to reach Hawaii, environmental conditions mean that the storm could weaken significantly before it does. But the storm could still be a hurricane when it crosses the island chain, which would make it the first hurricane to directly hit the island in more than two decades.

SURF: Large swells generated by Douglas are expected to affect the Hawaiian Islands this weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions for a couple of days. Even the most experienced swimmers and surfers should stay out of the ocean until the storm passes.

Even though the hurricane is showing signs to weaken, the weather agency warned that there is an increased chance of strong winds, risky surf, and heavy rainfall that could affect some portions of the island on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. The hurricane centre forecast among 6 to 10 inches of rain for parts of the islands with isolated greatest totals of 15 inches are probable, in particular in increased terrain. This rain may result in life-threatening flash flooding and land slides, as well as rapid water level rises on small streams.

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