‘Prepare for hurricane-force conditions’: Forecast calls for Douglas to near Big Island as Category 1 storm

Hurricane Douglas became Category 4 storm Thursday afternoon as it continued its march toward the Hawaiian Islands. (NOAA GOES-17/Special to West Hawaii Today)

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the fast-moving Category 4 hurricane was located 1,125 miles east-southeast of Hilo and circulating 130 mph winds as it tracked west-northwest at 18 mph, said Bravender.

This graphic shows the probability of tropical storm-force winds impacting the Hawaiian Islands as of 5 p.m. Thursday. (CPHC/Special to West Hawaii Today)


Gov. David Ige Thursday issued an emergency disaster declaration ahead of the anticipated arrival this weekend of Hurricane Douglas.