Hawaii bracing for rain, wind, surf impacts from major Hurricane Douglas

Hawaii bracing for rain, wind, surf impacts from major Hurricane Douglas”

Major Hurricane Douglas is the strongest storm on the planet right now and it's approaching Hawaii.

Hurricane Douglas is presently 785 miles east southeast of Hilo, heading west northwest at 18 mph. Gradual and steady weakening is expected to continue through the weekend, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center says.

A powerful Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds is ripping across the Pacific Ocean and is expected to hit parts of Hawaii this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said on Friday. Interests in the Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of the storm.

Douglas is still a category 3 major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. "There is an increasing chance that strong winds, risky surf, and heavy rainfall could affect portions of the state beginning Saturday night or Sunday". Douglas could be the first hurricane to hit the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, complicating security plans for officials in the state.

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It now has maximum sustained winds have increased to near 195 km/h, with higher gusts.

The effects of Douglas are expected to be felt as early as late Saturday with high wind, large swells and surf, and heavy rain with accumulations in the 6 to 10 inch range, the hurricane center said.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 km from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 km.

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