UPDATE: Douglas moving away from the Hawaiian Islands, Hurricane Warning canceled for Oahu

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HONOLULU (KHON2) —

11 a.m. Hurricane Douglas is the closest a hurricane has come to Oahu since before Hurricane Dot in 1959, according to a statement issued by the HFO.

July 27, 5 a.m. Hurricane Douglas is moving away from the Hawaiian Islands, leaving some lingering moisture.

Kauai remains under Flood Advisory and Hurricane Warning. However, Hurricane Douglas will not pass directly over Kauai–it is outside the ‘cone of uncertainty,’ though Douglas did intensify. Maximum sustained winds went back up to 90 mph with gusts of 115 mph.

The Hurricane Warning for Oahu has been canceled. The Tropical Storm Warning has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning for portions of Papahānaumokuākea.

10:35 p.m. Kauai remains under Flood Advisory and Hurricane Warning. However, Hurricane Douglas will not pass directly over Kauai–it is outside the ‘cone of uncertainty,’ though Douglas did intensify. Maximum sustained winds went back up to 90 mph with gusts of 115 mph.

The Hurricane Warning for Oahu has been canceled. The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Papahānaumokuākea.

Around the time it was announced that Oahu was officially outside the ‘cone of uncertainty,’ one of our photographers snapped this photo of clearing skies over Mokapu and a rainbow–an appropriate way to end our coverage of Douglas, now that Kauai is also officially outside the cone of uncertainty.

8:01 p.m. Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Oahu and Kauai County as Douglas approaches Kauai. The category 1 hurricane is currently 85 miles east of Lihue.

5 p.m. Oahu is now out of the cone of uncertainty, as of the newest track released by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Maui County is no longer under a Hurricane Warning.

Douglas maintains maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It is currently 90 miles northwest of Kahului and 60 miles northeast of Honolulu, moving west northwest at 16 mph.

4 p.m. Douglas is moving west northwest at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Its present position is 75 miles east northeast of Honolulu and 70 miles north northwest of Kahului.

3:29 p.m. Hawaii Island remains under only a Flash Flood Watch. All other Hawaiian islands remain under a Hurricane Warning.

2 p.m. The Tropical Storm Warning has been canceled for Hawaii County.

Maui County could see 2-6 inches of rain while Oahu and Kauai could see 6-10 inches of rain. These rains could create flash flooding and landslides.

1:50 p.m. Hurricane Douglas is within 50 miles of Kahului and 100 miles east of Honolulu, maximum sustained winds remain at 85 mph with higher gusts. Winds are expected to ramp up Sunday night.

11:50 a.m. The National Weather Service said Hurricane Douglas is now an 85 mph hurricane. It is traveling west northwest at 16 miles an hour.

11:30 a.m. Ahead of Hurricane Douglas, Gov. Ige announced that State offices, including schools and judiciary, on Oahu and Kauai will be closed on Monday. Honolulu Mayor Caldwell also announced that Honolulu City, County offices will be closed on Monday.

11 a.m. Hurricane Douglas is 55 miles east of Kahului and 140 miles east of Honolulu.

Douglas maintains category 1 strength, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph with higher gusts.

A flood advisory has been issued for Maui until at least 1 p.m. The National Weather Service reports heavy rain near Paia.

10 a.m. Hurricane Douglas is 60 miles east of Kahului and 185 miles east of Honolulu. Maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with higher gusts.

Douglas will pass dangerously close to, or over, the islands Sunday, bringing a triple threat of hazards–damaging winds, flooding rainfall and dangerously high surf is expected especially along east and north facing shores.

A flood advisory has been issued for Maui until at least 1 p.m. The National Weather Service reports heavy rain near Paia.

9 a.m.

8 a.m. Hurricane Douglas is 90 miles east of Kahului and 185 miles east of Honolulu, maintains maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with higher gusts.

A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for Oahu, Kauai County and Maui County.

7 a.m. Douglas remains a category 1 hurricane, maintains maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with higher gusts.

A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for Oahu, Kauai County and Maui County.

6 a.m. A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for Oahu, Kauai County and Maui County.

5 a.m. The Hurricane Watch for Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s latest update.

The Hurricane Watch has been canceled for Hawaii County.

Hurricane Douglas is 145 miles east of Kahului and 235 miles east of Honolulu, maintains maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with higher gusts.

July 26, 2020, 2:00 a.m. Hurricane Douglas is 190 miles east of Kahului and 285 miles east of Honolulu, maintains maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with higher gusts.

Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Douglas is expected to remain near hurricane intensity as it passes near, or over, the Hawaiian Islands.

Douglas is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph.

10:40 p.m. The Tropical Storm Warning for Kauai County has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning.

Hurricane Douglas is 240 miles east of Kahului and 335 miles east of Honolulu, maintains maximum sustained winds of 90 mph with higher gusts.

The track shifted very slightly to the north. It is forecast to pass just north of Hawaii Island Sunday morning at 8 a.m. with winds of 85 mph.

9:16 p.m. The City and County of Honolulu released a potential storm surge model for Hurricane Douglas.

8 p.m. Hurricane Douglas is about 295 miles east southeast of Kahului and 390 miles east southeast of Honolulu, with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. Douglas remains a category 1 hurricane.

Oahu is under a Hurricane Warning, which means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours.

Hawaii County, Maui County and Kauai County are under a Tropical Storm Warning, which means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24 to 36 hours.

Hawaii County and Maui County are under a Hurricane Watch, which means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 12 to 24 hours.

Portions of Papahānaumokuākea are under a Tropical Storm Watch, which means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within the next 48 hours.

5:53 p.m. The City and County of Honolulu announced that TheBus will resume operations at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 27. Closures across Hawaii can be found here.

4:51 p.m. Hurricane Douglas is 240 miles east of Hilo, 430 miles east southeast of Honolulu. Maximum sustained winds are 90 mph with higher gusts. Douglas is still forecast to be near hurricane strength when it passes near the islands. Gradual weakening is expected over the weekend.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Kauai County. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument from Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals.

4:39 p.m. According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, category 1 hurricanes can damage roofs, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters of well-constructed frame homes. Trees may be uprooted. Extensive damage is likely to power lines and poles. Power outages could last a few to several days.

4:25 p.m. As Hurricane Douglas enters warmer waters it will encounter stronger wind shear, helping to break up the storm.

3:01 p.m. Bus services on Oahu will be suspended Sunday, starting at Noon.

2:59 p.m. Maui County announced its shelter plan, with seven shelters set to open. Five will open on Maui, one on Lanai, one on Molokai. However, residents are urged to shelter in place, when possible. Maui County also urges residents to conserve water to prevent sewer spills and to store drinking water in case water service is shut off due to Douglas. Residents should prepare by storing at least one gallon of water per person per day for 14 days. Also, store water for pets.

[Visit KHON’s storm preparation page here]

2:27 p.m. The Oahu Department of Emergency Management said, “No need to buy expensive water in preparation for #hurricanedouglas when we have some of the best water in the world coming out of our taps.

2:18 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard has set port condition ZULU for Hawaii County–gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 12 hours, ports closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. Maui will follow port condition ZULU at 8 p.m. Saturday, Honolulu at 2 a.m. Sunday, Kauai at 8 a.m. Sunday.

2:07 p.m. City & County of Honolulu beach parks will be closed Sunday. However, Ocean Safety will patrol the areas with jet skis, ATVs, UTVs and trucks.

2:00 p.m. Hurricane Douglas is now about 280 miles east of Hilo and 475 miles east southeast of Honolulu. The advisories remain unchanged.

Costco Iwilei had no lines. However, the gas line was very long as Oahu residents prepare for Douglas.

1:42 p.m. The NWS’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Bravender said that Douglas is still forecast to be a hurricane as it approaches and passes the state.

1:27 p.m President Trump approved an emergency disaster declaration early Saturday morning for Hawaii. FEMA says federal disaster assistance is available to help the state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Douglas.

1:06 p.m. Shelter services on Oahu will begin 24 hour operations beginning Sunday at 9 a.m. Some shelters will allow pets and will have Hawaiian Humane Society staff on-hand. We have a full list of shelters across the state here.

12:14 p.m. Maui residents, expect long lines at Costco as everyone prepares for the storm. Also, bus routes will suspend starting tomorrow.

12:00 p.m. Boat owners are preparing their boats for Douglas at Haleiwa Harbor on Oahu.

Hawaiian Electric urges customers to be prepared for extended outages.

Watch for downed power lines. Stay at least 30 feet away (about three car lengths) from downed power lines, as they may have electricity running through them and may be dangerous. If you see someone injured after touching a downed power line, call 9-1-1 for help; don’t try to rescue the individual.

Hawaiian electric

Report downed power lines by calling these trouble lines:

o Oʻahu 1-855-304-1212
o Maui 871-7777
o Lānaʻi or Molokaʻi toll free at 1-877-871-8461
o Hawaiʻi Island 969-6666

Watches and Warnings

11 a.m. Hurricane Watch in effect for Hawaii County and Maui County. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 36 to 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Hawaii County and Maui County. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Hurricane Warning in effect for Oahu. A hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Watch in effect for Kauai County. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 36 to 48 hours.

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