Hawaii remains vulnerable as major Hurricane Ignacio continues moving steadily northwest.
Maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph with higher gusts. Ignacio is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Little change in intensity is expected tonight and a weakening trend is expected to begin on Sunday.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 14o miles.
The tropical storm watch for Hawaii County now also includes Maui County along with the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.
As of 5pm HST Saturday the eye of Hurricane Ignacio was located near latitude 17.0 north and longitude 147.6 west. Ignacio is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track the center of Ignacio is expected to pass to the northeast of the Big Island on Monday.
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Here’s the latest update from Hawaii County Civil Defense as of 5:10 pm Saturday.