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Hurricane Douglas is approaching Hawaii and brings strong wind and rain


Hawaii prepared for the onslaught of Hurricane Douglas on Sunday, predicting strong winds, rain and storm surges.

"It will definitely be a triple threat," said National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Almanza.

Rainfall can range from 5 to 15 inches.

It's probably not a good day to go to the beach, Almanza said.

Douglas weakened to a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday as it approached Hawaii, but officials warned people not to be complacent.

A Starbucks store is pictured boarded up in preparation for Hurricane Douglas in Honolulu on Sunday

Honolulu residents step into their home to prepare for Hurricane Douglas on Saturday

Honolulu residents step into their home to prepare for Hurricane Douglas on Saturday

A surfer leaves the water in Honolulu on Saturday as Hurricane Douglas approaches

A surfer leaves the water in Honolulu on Saturday as Hurricane Douglas approaches

The National Weather Service said Douglas should remain a hurricane if it moves through the islands on Sunday.

"Douglas continues a gradual, slow, and debilitating trend, which is good news in itself, but the bad news is that this hurricane will come very close to the islands even if it weakens," said Robert Ballard, the scientist and Operations Officer at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

"And we expect significant impact because it will reach the point of closest approach or possible landing if it gets through."

Oahu, home to the state's largest city, Honolulu, was exposed to a hurricane warning that the storm hit the island late in the morning.

Kauai and Maui were also put on alert on Sunday while a hurricane watch for the Big Island was canceled.

The maximum sustained winds dropped to around 90 miles per hour on Saturday and remained at this level on Sunday.

"We know it will weaken as it approaches, but it will still have a significant impact on every island," Hawaii's governor David Ige said at a press conference.

State Department of Health officials contacted each of the 625 people who were currently in isolation or quarantine on Friday because they were either COVID-19 positive or had contact with someone who was.

The hurricane is expected to land sometime early Sunday evening

The hurricane is expected to land sometime early Sunday evening

All islands are either under a hurricane warning or a tropical storm warning

All islands are either under a hurricane warning or a tropical storm warning

According to meteorologists, the storm will likely bring up to 15 inches of rain to Hawaii

According to meteorologists, the storm will likely bring up to 15 inches of rain to Hawaii

It is expected that several inches of rain will accumulate on the Hawaiian Islands

It is expected that several inches of rain will accumulate on the Hawaiian Islands

The storm is also expected to bring strong gusts of wind up to 90 miles per hour

The storm is also expected to bring strong gusts of wind up to 90 miles per hour

Each of them indicated that they would seek shelter locally and would not seek refuge in a hurricane.

"This is a sigh of relief," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

Hawaii has some of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the nation, but COVID-19 numbers have increased in the past few weeks.

Hawaii has reported record levels of newly confirmed cases every day since Thursday, including 73 on Saturday.

Caldwell said at the same press conference that 13 shelters should open at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday at Oahu, well before the hurricane that strikes the island from noon to evening.

People must wear facewear to be admitted, and they must wear them unless they eat, drink, or sleep.

The storm was about 235 miles east of Honolulu early Sunday and was moving from west to northwest at 16 miles an hour.

President Donald Trump made an emergency statement for Hawaii regarding the hurricane, instructing federal support to complement government and local response efforts.

Hawaiian Airlines canceled all Sunday flights between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland and between the other islands.

Ige said residents should already have their 14-day emergency kit, but due to COVID-19, he encouraged people to add masks, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes.

Scott Silva from Honolulu had supplies in hand.

"Just make sure I have enough food, you know, enough extra water, which I usually do anyway, so that's all there is to it," he said.

"I don't expect too much trouble from this."

A worker reinforces the shop windows with boards on Saturday in the Waikiki district of Honolulu

A worker reinforces the shop windows with boards on Saturday in the Waikiki district of Honolulu

A morning view of the city of Honolulu on the island of Oahu can be seen on Sunday

A morning view of the city of Honolulu on the island of Oahu can be seen on Sunday

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