At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Madeline was located near latitude 19.3 North, longitude 148.3 West. Madeline is moving toward the west near 10 mph (17 km/h) and this motion is expected to become west southwesterly later today through early Thursday. 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 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Madeline is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some weakening is forecast through early Thursday.
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 958 mb (28.29 inches).
A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for Hawaii County
A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Maui County including the islands of Maui Molokai and Lanai
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area. A Tropical Storm Warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrance of tropical storm force winds.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. A Tropical Storm Watch is typically issued 48 hours before the possible first occurrance of tropical storm force winds.
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.
SUMMARY OF 500 AM HST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 445 MI…715 KM E OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 635 MI…1025 KM E OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…120 MPH…195 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…958 MB…28.29 INCHES
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