NASA’s Aqua Satellite Examines Category 2 Hurricane Douglas as it Nears Hawaii
By Space Coast Daily // July 26, 2020
Hurricane Douglas moving west through the Central Pacific Ocean and toward Hawaii
(NASA) – NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of Hurricane Douglas is it continued on its track toward Hawaii. The storm is now a Category 2 hurricane and warnings were posted on July 25, 2020, as the storm approaches.
Warnings Up for Hawaii
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has posted warnings for Douglas.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Hawaii County, Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Hawaii County, Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe and Oahu.
On July 24 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of Douglas.
Hurricane Douglas maintained its eye and structure as it continued moving west through the Central Pacific Ocean and toward Hawaii.
Status of Hurricane Douglas on July 25
At 8 a.m. EDT (2 a.m.’s/1200 UTC), on July 25, NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center said the center of Hurricane Douglas was located near latitude 18.7 degrees north and longitude 147.7 degrees west. That is about 485 miles (780 km) east of Hilo, Hawaii.
Douglas is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km/h). This motion is expected to continue through Saturday, followed by a slight decrease in forward speed and a turn toward the west. The estimated minimum central pressure is 973 millibars.
Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 kph) with higher gusts. Douglas is a category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Douglas’ Forecast Track
Gradual weakening is expected to continue through the weekend. However, Douglas is still forecast to be near hurricane strength when it nears the islands.
On the forecast track, Douglas will be near the main Hawaiian Islands Saturday night through Sunday night.
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