Ige urges residents to prepare for impacts of ‘powerful storm'

Ige, emergency management officials hold news briefing on Hurricane Douglas

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.

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