Madeline weakens as it gets closer to Hawaii; still Cat 1 hurricane

MADELINE WEAKENS AS IT DRAWS CLOSER TO HAWAII

STILL A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE…

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At 500 AM HST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Madeline was located near latitude 18.9 North, longitude 153.1 West. Madeline is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Madeline will pass dangerously close to the Big Island later today.

Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts. Steady weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Madeline is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm tonight or Thursday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 988 mb (29.18 inches).

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SUMMARY OF 500 AM HST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…18.9N 153.1W
ABOUT 140 MI…230 KM ESE OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 355 MI…565 KM ESE OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…80 MPH…130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 260 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…988 MB…29.18 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Maui County, including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Hawaii County

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Maui County including the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the watch area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

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