Jul 27, 2020

Hurricane Douglas Gains Strength

Hurricane Douglas brought maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

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According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Douglas moved about 90 miles northwest of Kahului, Hawaii, and about 60 miles northeast of Honolulu, Oahu, bringing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

In a recent update, the NHC indicated that Douglas was moving west-northwest at about 16 mph and that this track is expected to continue over the next couple of days. The NHC is referring to the storm as a dangerous hurricane. 

A gradual weakening is expected and the hurricane will likely maintain hurricane-force winds on its path through the islands, which would bring a threat of hazards, including, damaging winds, flooding rainfall and dangerously high surf, added the NHC. 

“It’s definitely going to be a triple threat,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Almanza.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for Oahu and Kauai County, and a hurricane warning has been canceled for Maui County. 

"Heavy rainfall associated with Douglas is expected to affect portions of the main Hawaiian Islands into Monday. Total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts are possible, with the greatest rainfall in elevated terrain,” the NHC report said.

Large swells generated by Douglas will impact a large swath of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument the next couple of days as well. The swells will produce large breaking waves, which could inundate some of the lower-lying atolls.

Approximately 300 people evacuated to the Hawaii Convention Center on the edge of Waikiki, reported CNBC. On Maui, 22 people were at five shelters around the island. Evacuees were told to bring masks and hand sanitizer along with the usual emergency supplies of food and water.

State health department officials contacted each of the 625 people who were currently in isolation or quarantined as of Friday because they are either COVID-19 positive or have been in contact with someone who is. According to the department, every one of those people indicated they would shelter-in-place and not seek refuge at a hurricane shelter.

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