Madeline still tracking as a Category 3 Hurricane – 8pm update

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MADELINE STILL TRACKING WEST-NORTHWEST AS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE…

SUMMARY OF 800 PM HST…0600 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…19.0N 146.8W
ABOUT 550 MI…885 KM E OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 745 MI…1200 KM E OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…125 MPH…205 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…955 MB…28.20 INCHES

UPDATE

At 800 PM HST (0600 UTC), the center of Hurricane Madeline was located near latitude 19.0 North, longitude 146.8 West. Madeline is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). A gradual turn toward the west is expected by Tuesday, with Madeline expected to move just south of due west Tuesday night and Wednesday. Little change in forward speed is expected the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Madeline will pass dangerously close to the Big Island Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Madeline is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in intensity is expected tonight, with gradual weakening forecast Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 955 mb (28.20 inches).

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Hawaii County.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A Hurricane Watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Interests elsewhere in the main Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Madeline. Watches may be required for additional Hawaiian Islands later tonight or tomorrow.