The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in its 05:00 (local time) update on Sunday, July 26, has slightly downgraded Hurricane Douglas' intensity as it continues to move closer to the Hawaiian Islands. In the latest advisory, Hurricane Douglas is currently located 230 km (145 miles) east of Kahului (Maui County) with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph (90mph), placing it as a Category 1 hurricane. Douglas is moving west-northwest at 26 kph (16 mph), and is forecast to move near, or over, Hawaii through Sunday night, with the islands between Maui and Kauai likely to be most affected. Hurricane Douglas is expected to lose intensity as it passes over Hawaii, although it is expected to remain at hurricane-level strength for the duration of its passage.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe, for Oahu Island, as well as in Kauai County, including the islands of Kauai and Niihau. A hurricane watch for Hawaii County has been replaced by a tropical storm warning.
Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and associated flooding, and dangerous seas are likely to affect Hawaii until Monday, July 27. Associated disruptions to transportation, power, communications, and business are to be expected in the near term.
Those in areas forecast to be affected by the storm system are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and avoid walking or driving through floodwater.
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