If you had been planning on an early morning cruise round Oahu and Kauai, you could need to reschedule…. Hurricane Douglas is now buffeting the central and western islands of the Aloha State.
Hurricane Douglas this afternoon close to Hawaii
Hurricanes hitting Hawaii are uncommon however not uncommon. Here is a map of hurricanes that got here inside 75 miles of the islands since 1950. Kauai has been the hurricane hotspot for the islands. One purpose that hurricanes are pretty uncommon in Hawaii is as a result of the water temperatures are sometimes too cool.
The present forecast monitor takes the storm throughout Kauai tonight and to the west on Monday. So the motion is occurring now and through the subsequent 18 hr.
Fortunately, this can be a small system, and solely a Category 1 storm, with winds reaching 85 mph. But tropical storm winds (better than or equal to 39 mph) will hit Kauai and northern a part of Oahu through the subsequent day.
The most winds to date (under) have solely gotten to roughly 35 mph at official observing stations, however greater speeds are anticipated.
The storm is forcing some massive 8-9 meter waves, as predicted tonight by the NOAA/NWS wavewatch3 mannequin:
The different situation is rain, and a few areas will most likely get 5-10 inches, with the potential for flash flooding. A current infrared satellite tv for pc picture doesn’t present a well-defined eye (see under)
But the attention is sort of evident within the NOAA/NWS radars (see under). You can see the rainbands circling the rain-free eye. Kauai particularly will get a bit of the heavy rain within the encircling rainbands.
Finally, I ought to word that the U.S. international model–the GFS–did a superb job with this storm. Here is the 66 hr forecast legitimate Monday at 5 AM PDT. Not unhealthy. The type of forecast that permits folks to organize.