HURRICANE WARNINGS: Oahu, Kauai, Ni'ihau, Maui, Molokai, Lanai (new as of 5AM Sunday)
TROPICAL STORM WARNING: Big Island
Hurricane Douglas will affect all major Hawaiian Islands through the day on Sunday.
As of the 5AM report from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Douglas is only 235 miles east of Honolulu, moving the WNW at 16mph. Douglas again maintained its strength overnight, with maximum sustained winds of 90mph. Douglas is a strong Category 1 hurricane with dangerous winds and heavy rains likely for most islands today. Douglas is expected to maintain its strength as it marches through Hawaii today.
The arrival of Douglas is imminent -- you must make your final preparations immediately.
On its current forecast track, the center of Douglas is expected to pass to the north of the Big Island, Maui, and Molokai; however landfall is possible on Oahu's Windward side or North Shore. Many models suggest direct landfall on Kauai late tonight or early Monday morning. Those who live in downslope areas may see downbursts of wind from Douglas much stronger than hurricane force. Storm surge of 3 feet or more above normal tides may affect shorelines across the state, causing flooding. Flash flooding is likely with the heavy rains expected.
Stay tuned to this iHeart radio station throughout the day today for the latest on the movements of Douglas and other vital information you need to get your family through the storm. More information available on this station's website under the "Hawaii Storm Watch" section.
5AM report from Central Pacific Hurricane Center
Hurricane Douglas Advisory Number25
NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center Honolulu HIEP082020
500 AM HST Sun Jul 26 2020
...DANGEROUS HURRICANE DOUGLAS CLOSING IN ON THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS...
...HURRICANE WARNING ISSUED FOR MAUI COUNTY...
SUMMARY OF 500 AM HST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 145 MI...230 KM E OF KAHULUI HAWAII
ABOUT 235 MI...380 KM E OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...90 MPH...150 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 16 MPH...26 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...983 MB...29.03 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
The Hurricane Watch for Maui County, including the islands of Maui,
Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe has been upgraded to a Hurricane
The Hurricane Watch has been canceled for Hawaii County.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for portions of the
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument from French Frigate
Shoals to Maro Reef.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and
* Kauai County, including the islands of Kauai and Niihau
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Hawaii County
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument from
Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals to Maro Reef.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the
next 12 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 36 to
Interests elsewhere in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National
Monument should monitor the progress of this system.
For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by the National Weather Service office in
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Douglas was
located near latitude 20.7 North, longitude 154.3 West. Douglas is
moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h) and this
motion is expected to continue over the next couple of days. On the
forecast track, Douglas will pass near, or over, the islands from
Maui to Kauai today and tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher
gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but
Douglas is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves through the
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles
The estimated minimum central pressure is 983 mb (29.03 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND:Hurricane conditions are expected in portions of Maui County
today, on Oahu by this afternoon, and on Kauai and Niihau tonight.
Tropical Storm conditions are imminent across the Big Island.
Due to the steep terrain of the islands, hurricane-force wind
gusts are possible even within the tropical storm warning area.
SURF:Large swells generated by Douglas will affect the Hawaiian
Islands into Monday, producing life-threatening and potentially
destructive surf along exposed shores.
STORM SURGE: The combination of higher than predicted water
levels, dangerous storm surge, and large breaking waves will raise
water levels by as much as 3 feet above normal tides near the center
RAINFALL:Heavy rainfall associated with Douglas is expected to
affect portions of the main Hawaiian Islands from early this
morning into Monday. 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 life-threatening flash flooding and land slides, as well
as rapid water level rises on small streams. Douglas could produce
an additional 2 to 4 inches of rainfall over the northern half of
the Big Island.
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM HST.