Douglas Poised to Become Hurricane by Thursday

July 22, 2020, 11:21 AM HST (Updated July 22, 2020, 11:21 AM)
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Courtesy of National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Douglas could become a major hurricane on Thursday as it continues its path toward the Hawaiian Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center today.

The storm is currently about 1,690 miles east-southeast of Hilo. According to the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Douglas is expected to turn toward the west-northwest this evening. A west-northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast to continue into the weekend.

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Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next day or two, and Douglas could become a major hurricane on Thursday.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time.

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