Hurricane Hanna was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday morning after making landfall Saturday evening in south Texas. Now we will shift our attention to Pacific Hurricane Douglas, bearing down on the Hawaiian islands Sunday afternoon.
Douglas is a Category 1 storm about 90 miles East of Kahului, Hawaii. The system is moving west-northwest at around 16mph. It is expected to pass near, or over, the islands from Maui to Kauai on Sunday through Monday. Maximum winds are near 90mph with gusts just over 100mph.
The County of Maui is expected to blare warning sirens for the hurricane on Sunday to alert residents to shelter in place. The main threats of the storm are dangerous surf, high winds, and storm surge.
“A hurricane warning has been issued for Maui County, so we’re strongly urging all residents to shelter in place today due to Hurricane Douglas,” Mayor Victorino said. “Mahalo to our first responders for keeping us all safe during this storm. Make sure you keep listening to your radio and watching the news for updates. We are Maui Strong, and we will get through this together.”
Hurricane conditions are expected for portions of Maui county Sunday, and Kauai and Niihau tonight. Tropical storm conditions will be seen on the Big Island.
One Twitter user said, “Prepare for a direct hit from #HurricaneDouglas on Oahu tonight 8:00 pm. This is from Sunday 5 AM National Weather Service Advisory of Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Hurricane Douglas: Maximum sustained wind 90 mph. Hurricane in warm Hawaii waters now. Be Prepared & Godspeed.”
Prepare for a direct hit from #HurricaneDouglas on Oahu tonight 8:00 pm. This is from Sunday 5 AM National Weather Service Advisory of Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Hurricane Douglas: Maximum sustained wind 90 mph. Hurricane in warm Hawaii waters now. Be Prepared & Godspeed pic.twitter.com/5axuF1SylE
— pd_adams (@smokeyroadpub) July 26, 2020
Emergency warnings are being sent to residents’ phones.
Weather radar shows Douglas is approaching Hawaii.
2pm ET Update: #Douglas w 90mph winds, 90mi E of Kahului, Hawaii. Moving WNW at 16mph. Buoy 51205 near Pauwela, Maui w 11.5′ wave height. Top gust of 64mph 6,621 ft up on Kula, Maui. Cont track: close to N parts of Islands from Maui 2 Kauai thru tonight. #HurricaneDouglas #HIwx pic.twitter.com/tmPqaYXGjB
— WeatherReMarks (@WeatherReMarks) July 26, 2020
CNN said if Douglas makes landfall it would the third known hurricane to directly strike the islands.
Here are spaghetti models of where Douglas could be headed.
As for the tropics this weekend, well, it has been very busy.
We’ll be updating readers on tropical developments next week.