This is a Hurricane Douglas informational message for Sunday, July 26th, at 6:00 in the morning.
As of 5:00 AM, Sunday the Central Pacific Hurricane Center reports the center of Hurricane Douglas was approximately 145 miles east of Kahului, Maui at latitude 20.7 N and longitude 154.3 W, moving in a West Northwest direction at a speed of about 16 miles-per-hour. Strongest sustained winds are estimated at 90 miles-per-hour with higher gusts. The present location, strength and track are favorable for Hawaii Island and if the present forecast continues Hawaii Island should avoid any direct impact from Hurricane Douglas. Be aware that hurricanes are erratic and speed, direction, and intensity can change quickly so do keep yourself updated.
The following advisories have been issued by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center:
· The Hurricane Watch for the Island of Hawaii has been canceled.
· A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hawaii Island. Do be on the alert for possible high winds and rains especially in Kohala and Hamakua Districts.
· The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has placed the Counties of Maui, City and County of Honolulu, and Kauai under a Hurricane Warning status effective this morning at 5:00 o’clock.
The following public safety measures and recommendations are now in effect:
· Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest Airlines report that all inter-island and trans-pacific flights are cancelled due to the hurricane status. Do consult your airline for future scheduling.
· Observation reports throughout the island by the Hawaii County Police and Fire Departments report that all roads are open and no heavy rains, strong winds, nor damaging surf conditions during the night and early morning hours.
Do be aware that hurricane conditions can change suddenly, so do keep yourself informed and updated. You will be kept informed if any conditions change that may affect your safety.
Thank you for listening; be safe.
This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.