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Douglas Resumes Strengthening And Becomes The First Hurricane Of The 2020 Eastern Pacific Season

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time. Interests on the Hawaiian Islands should continue to monitor the progress of Douglas. Douglas is expected to move near or over portions of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend, and there is an increasing chance that strong winds and heavy rainfall could affect portions of the state beginning on Sunday.

At 5 a.m. HST (8 a.m. PDT), the center of now Hurricane Douglas was located over the eastern North Pacific Ocean about 1500 miles (2415 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, and about 1785 miles (2870 km) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. It’s moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through the day. A turn toward the west-northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected tonight, and this motion should continue for the next several days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).

Additional strengthening is expected to take place during the
next day or two. Some weakening could begin on Friday once Douglas begins to move over cooler waters.

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