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Douglas Continues to Strengthen, Could Become a Major Hurricane On Thursday

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time. Douglas is expected to move near or over portions of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend, and there is an increasing chance that strong winds and heavy rainfall could affect portions of the state beginning on Sunday. Interests on the Hawaiian Islands should continue to monitor the progress of Douglas and the official forecasts as they evolve during the next few days.

At 11 a.m. HST, the center of Hurricane Douglas was located over the eastern North Pacific Ocean about 1690 miles (2715 km) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. It’s moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h). A turn toward the west-northwest is expected by this evening and a west-northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast to continue into the weekend.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts – a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km). Additional strengthening is forecast to take place during the next day or two, and Douglas could become a major hurricane on Thursday.

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