HONOLULU (KHON2) — Government officials urge residents to prepare now as a Hurricane Watch was issued for the Big Island and Maui County, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update.
Douglas is currently a category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 115 mph.
The official intensity forecast calls for steady weakening during the next couple days as Douglas nears the Hawaiian Islands.
The system is expected to be a category 1 hurricane or tropical storm approaching the eastern end of the state late Saturday night or Sunday.
Strong winds, dangerous surf, and heavy rainfall could affect portions of the state.
Visit KHON’s storm preparation page here.
LATEST WEATHER STORIES
- Heavy rain threat diminishing by early Wednesday
- Windy and wet weather conditions will continue over Oahu and Kauai
- Heavy rain possible through late Wednesday, flash flood watch issued for all islands
- Flooding, outages, downed trees, and blown roofs as storm hits the state
- Reports of power outages continue as Hawaii experiences severe weather conditions