The strongest storm on the planet right now has been named Hurricane Douglas. It is fast approaching Hawaii. But the forecast says it will weaken before it reaches land this weekend.
The storm was put in Category 4 on Friday but steadily weakened as the day progressed. This steady weakening will continue for the coming 2 days as it approaches Hawaii, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.
By the time Douglas makes landfall on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, it will probably be a Category 1 hurricane.
“The Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Douglas,” the hurricane center said Friday. “There is an increasing chance that strong winds, dangerous surf, and heavy rainfall could affect portions of the state beginning Saturday night or Sunday.”
Douglas is currently marked as a Category 3 hurricane. It is sustaining winds at 120 mph, extending 25 miles from the eye of the storm.
Big Island and Maui County of Hawaii are under a hurricane watch. The storm is expected to create large swells, likely to cause surf and rip current conditions for many days.
Douglas currently is 785 miles east-southeast of Hilo. It is moving west-northwest directly toward the island chain.