Hurricane Warning Now in Effect for Big Island – Tropical Storm Watch for Maui, Molokai & Lanai

A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for Hawaii County.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Maui County including the islands of Maui Molokai and Lanai.


A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 36 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.

Interests elsewhere in the main Hawaiian Islands should monitor the progress of Madeline.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by the National Weather Service office in Honolulu Hawaii.


At 1100 AM HST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Madeline was located near latitude 19.3 North, longitude 149.4 West. Madeline is moving toward the west near 10 mph (17 km/h). This motion is expected to continue today, followed by a turn toward the west-southwest tonight through early Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Madeline will pass dangerously close to the Big Island of Hawaii Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts.  Madeline is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 967 mb (28.56 inches).

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