HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The governor urged residents to prepare for impacts from Hurricane Douglas as it nears the state, threatening to move over or near the state this weekend.
“It is a powerful storm that is forecasted to effect the islands significantly,” Gov. David Ige said.
He said the state is working closely with the counties and federal government to coordinate a unified response, and added that the COVID-19 pandemic adds another layer of complexity.
Douglas is still a major hurricane as it barrels toward the state, and parts of the island chain could begin to see impacts as early as Saturday.
The Big Island and Maui are under a hurricane watch, which means that hurricane conditions are possible within 36 to 48 hours.
This story will be updated.