(ETH) – Hurricane Douglas is rapidly intensified into a Category 3 hurricane on with wind speeds of 120 mph and headed directly at Hawaii. “The Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Douglas,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
According to a report from CNN, The storm is over 1,000 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, but is currently moving west-northwest toward the island chain and forecasted to approach the islands on Sunday. “Douglas is expected to be at or near hurricane intensity as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands on Sunday,” the NHC says.
One scientist chimed in on the development and stated: “It is fairly common for hurricanes to track towards Hawaii, but they usually dissipate or at least weaken considerably before impacting the islands,” said Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University. “For example, both Lane and Olivia impacted Hawaii in 2018. Also, in 2016, both Lester and Madeline threatened Hawaii.” FULL REPORT