Hurricane Douglas becomes first of season in Eastern Pacific, Hawaii may face impacts by weekend

Hurricane Douglas continues to strengthen in the East Pacific and could become a major Category 3 hurricane by Thursday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Hurricane Douglas has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but the forecast cone from the hurricane center shows the storm could approach the Hawaiian islands by the second half of this weekend.

“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and Douglas could become a major hurricane on Thursday,” forecasters said in their 11 a.m. update. The current forecast has the storm reaching its peak wind strength of 115 mph on Thursday.

As of late this morning, hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 105 miles, they said.

“Douglas could maintain hurricane intensity as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands, and all interests on the islands should monitor the forecasts as they evolve over the next few days,” the hurricane center said.

The storm is projected to have maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as it nears the Big Island Sunday, and 65 mph on Monday as it moves west.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said this morning that the forecast for this weekend will highly depend on the development of Douglas, but that there are increasing chances of heavy rain and strong winds could affect portions of the state beginning Sunday. Forecasters stressed that it is still too early to tell which islands will be affected by the approachin

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