The first major hurricane of the 2020 Pacific season, Hurricane Douglas continues to churn towards Hawaii, and while it has lost some of its strength, it is still expected to bring risky surf, strong winds, and extreme rainfall to the islands over the weekend.
The Hurricane Warning has been canceled for Maui County as Douglas continues its path toward the northwest.
Douglas will be near the main Hawaiian Islands through Sunday night.More news: Health Department Reports Nine New COVID-19 Cases
In 1992, Hurricane Iniki damaged or destroyed 41 per cent of the island's homes.
At 500 PM HST (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Douglas was located near latitude 22.0 North, longitude 157.3 West. Douglas is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 km from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 km. The estimated minimum central pressure is 975 mb or 28.80 inches. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions for the next couple of days. As such, severe winds, violent surf with storm surge, and heavy rains are possible through much of the state even though the cone graphic simply indicates where the center of the storm could be. If it becomes a tropical storm it would be Isaias. While the CPHC isn't issuing Storm Surge advisories, they warn that a storm surge of 2-4 feet could be possible in areas as very tall, violent surf smashes the coastline of the islands.
Maui is being pelted by heavy rain with strong wind gusts, and forecasters expect Kauai to see the worst of the storm Sunday night, The Associated Press reports.More news: Davis School District announces hybrid, alternate-day schedule
"Conditions will continue to worsen across parts of the Big Island and Maui in the next few hours as Hurricane Douglas near these islands", reported the National Weather Service in Honolulu this morning. Total rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are possible from Maui County westward to Kauai County, with the greatest amounts up to 15 inches in elevated terrain. This rain may result in flash flooding and land slides, as well as rapid water level rises on small streams.
This is a pretty rare occasion to have a full blown hurricane pass so close to Hawaii.
He said Hurricane Douglas offered residents a way to learn how they can do a better job getting ready for such storms. Due to the steep terrain of the islands, localized strong wind gusts are expected. These acceleration areas will shift with time as Douglas passes near the islands.
The storm is about 1,000 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii and is moving west-northwest directly toward the island chain.More news: NCAA: Student-Athletes May Wear Social Justice Patches, Statements On Uniform Backs
During a Saturday news conference, Hawaii Governor David Ige, said: "We know that it is weakening as it approaches, but it still will have significant impact on each island".