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Hurricane Watch Issued for Hawaii as Douglas Nears With Strong Winds, Heavy Rain, Coastal Flooding

Hurricane Watch Issued for Hawaii as Douglas Nears With Strong Winds, Heavy Rain, Coastal Flooding

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2 hours ago

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Hurricane Watch Issued for Eastern Hawaii as Douglas Nears

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Hurricane Watch Issued for Eastern Hawaii as Douglas Nears

Hurricane Douglas is forecast to sweep through Hawaii as a tropical storm or hurricane this weekend, where it could produce flash flooding, strong winds and pounding surf.

At a Glance

  • Douglas is the first Eastern Pacific major hurricane of 2020.
  • Douglas will gradually weaken, but is still likely to strike Hawaii Sunday.
  • It may either be a tropical storm or low-end hurricane as it sweeps through.
  • Heavy rain, strong winds, coastal flooding and high surf are expected.
  • The exact track of Douglas will determine how much of the islands see the strongest winds.

Hurricane Douglas is forecast to sweep through Hawaii as a tropical storm or hurricane this weekend, where it could produce flash flooding, strong winds and pounding surf.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Oahu in addition to the Big Island of Hawaii and for Maui County, including Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. Hurricane conditions are possible in this area Saturday night into Sunday, with tropical storm conditions possible as soon as Saturday evening.

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Current Tropical Warnings

After peaking at Category 4 intensity, Douglas is now slowly weakening as it churns several hundred miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, moving quickly west-northwest.

Douglas is encountering cooler water, beginning its weakening phase, but Douglas could still approach Hawaii as a hurricane. Drier air and wind shear, both nemeses of tropical cyclones, also lie ahead for Douglas.

If it weakens slower, Douglas could pack more of a punch as perhaps a low-end hurricane by the time it reaches Hawaii. A faster weakening would bring Douglas toward the islands as a tropical storm.

And, unlike some past tropical storms and hurricanes, Douglas could affect the entire island chain, not simply the Big Island.

That brings about another uncertainty, the storm’s exact track, which will determine how many of the islands experience the strongest winds and possibly heaviest rain from Douglas.

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Current Information and Projected Path

Potential Hawaii Impacts

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