HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Breezy trade wind conditions will prevail into Saturday as high pressure remains anchored to the north. Conditions will quickly begin to deteriorate across the state from east to west late Saturday through early next week as Hurricane Douglas approaches and moves near or through the islands. There is an increasing chance that strong winds, dangerous surf, and heavy rainfall could affect portions of the state beginning Saturday night based on the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center. The earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm force wind speeds based on this forecast is Saturday night into Sunday morning for the eastern end of the state and through the day Sunday and Sunday night for the western end. Watches for the Big Island and Maui County will be likely early Friday.
Through Friday, surf along east facing shores will be near the seasonal average, thanks in part of the locally strong trades now occurring. Then, as Douglas draws closer, a High Surf Warning is possible starting early Saturday.