Indiana Task Force 1 member headed to Hawaii ahead of Hurricane Douglas

Indiana Task Force 1 member headed to Hawaii ahead of Hurricane Douglas

Indiana Task Force 1 member headed to Hawaii ahead of Hurricane Douglas

A hurricane watch has already been issued for Hawaii and for Maui County, which includes the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe, and Lanai. Every one of those indicated they would shelter-in-place and not seek refuge at a hurricane shelter.

It was forecast to lose more steam as it moved across Texas and northeastern Mexico, and on Sunday weather watch officials cancelled the storm surge warning they had issued for the Texas coast. Gradual weakening is still forecast during the next 48 hours, but Douglas is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves through the islands, forecasters say.

The storm was about 185 miles east of Honolulu, moving west-north-west at 16mph.

"Douglas has been upgraded to a 65-kt hurricane, the first of the 2020 eastern Pacific season", according to the hurricane center. Also, each shelter has less capacity because of the physical distancing requirements to prevent the spread COVID-19.

The coronavirus was complicating preparations for the American Red Cross, which operates emergency shelters on behalf of local governments.

Caldwell said 13 shelters were to open at 9am on Sunday around Oahu, well ahead of the hurricane.

"We know that it is weakening as it approaches, but it still will have significant impact on each island", Hawaii Gov. David Ige said at a Saturday news conference. But he still expects to have enough room for those who need to evacuate because there are so few tourists visiting during the pandemic.

Based on this forecast, the National Weather Service posted a Tropical Storm Warning for Hawaii and Maui Counties. "But if they're able, we really appreciate those that can, to respond", she said.

Hawaii has some of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the nation, but numbers have been rising. On Friday, the state reported 60 new confirmed cases, a record high.

Hawaiian Airlines cancelled all Sunday flights between Hawaii and the US mainland and also between the other islands.

Hawaii is used to stocking up on food and other essentials to ride out hurricanes. Many of these volunteers are thus staying home for this storm.

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. Sinking air patterns increase wind shear, a sudden shift in wind direction, speed or both, which can rip apart hurricanes before they have a chance to grow. ​​​. Widespread quantities are most likely to be 2-4 inches on the Big Island, whereas rains overalls will likely surpass 5-8 inches from Maui County to KauaiCounty Some separated areas with raised surface could get as much as 15 inches of rain prior to the system leaves on Monday.

The impacts on the state will depend on the storm's track and how strong it is when it nears the state.

Hanna came ashore on Padre Island on Saturday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane, and later made a second landfall in Kenedy County. More than 41% of the island's homes were damaged or destroyed by the storm.

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