Hanna downgraded to tropical storm; Cat. 1 Douglas headed toward Hawaii

Posted at 10:29 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 23:42:23-04

It's a busy start to the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. A new system is developing in the Atlantic on the heels of Hurricane Hanna making landfall in South Texas. Hanna's landfall Saturday made history as the earliest 'H' named storm and it was the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.

After making landfall as our first hurricane of the season, what's left of Hanna has moved inland, been downgraded to a depression and will bring plenty of rain to portions of Mexico.

Developing in the tropics (Disturbance 1) - A strong tropical wave in the Atlantic has a very good chance of developing into a tropical depression or even a tropical storm over the next few days. Most forecast models bring this system toward the east coast by next weekend. Conditions favor further development for this particular tropical wave as it moves west across the tropical Atlantic. A tropical depression is likely to form over the next couple of days near the Lesser Antilles. Watching closely as to where the storm is leaning, aside from its expected formation, steering currents will play a huge role in what happens next. Isaias will be its name, should it become the next named storm.

Hurricane Douglas has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm as it threatens the Hawaiian islands. On its current path, the center of the storm will move north of the main islands, but bring strong wind gusts, heavy rain bands and rough surf to the most populated parts of the state. It's expected to keep weakening as it moves west.

In preparedness for what is already been an active season, it is important to start putting together your hurricane kit.

Hanna as of 10 p.m. Sunday, July 26

Location: 24.6 N 101.7 W

Moving: W/SW 7 mph

Min pressure: 1003 mb

Max sustained winds: 30 mph

Hurricane Douglas as of 5 p.m. Sunday, July 26

Location: 22.0 N 157.3 W

Moving: WNW 16 mph

Min pressure: 989 mb

Max sustained winds: 85 mph

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