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Hawaii dodges Madeline damage, prepares for second storm

Hawaii dodges Madeline damage, prepares for second storm

Hawaii dodges Madeline damage, prepares for second storm

Hurricane Madeline is rapidly weakening and speeding up as outer rain bands and high surf from the storm reach Hawaii island this morning. "They're not going to see the heavy rains and winds that the Big Island is seeing, but we don't want them to be complacent and not worry about Lester".

Madeline is moving toward the west near 14 miles per hour (22 kph) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

Interests along the United States east coast elsewhere in the Carolinas should monitor the progress of this system, the NHC added. An animation of satellite imagery showed the movement of Madeline and nearby Hurricane Lester over a two day period.

The center of the storm is not expected to make landfall on any Hawaiian island.

Wind speed diminished steadily throughout the day and by 11 p.m. (2 a.m. PDT Thursday), they were swirling at 50 miles per hour. Forecasters said tropical storm force-winds are expected on Hawaii island and Maui County.

Schools on the Big Island were closed and emergency shelters set up.

People jog in Hilo, Hawaii on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, as a storm approaches the Big Island of Hawaii.

"Hopefully our roofs stay on, and our houses don't float way or get blown away", said Big Island resident Mitzi Bettencourt, who boarded up walls of glass windows at her brother's oceanfront home.

A group of men walk in the rain along Hilo Bay in Hilo Hawaii as Topical Storm Madeline drops rain on Hawaii's Big Island Wednesday Aug. 31 2016. Forecasters downgraded Madeline from a hurricane to a tropical storm as
Hawaii dodges Madeline damage, prepares for second storm

Hurricane Madeline and Hurricane Lester bear down on Hawaii in this infrared satellite image captured at 10 a.m. ET on August 31, 2016. "I saw the sun this morning when I was driving into work", Kanani Aton, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii County civil defense agency, said Thursday.

Forecasters expect that storm to skirt just north and within striking distance of the entire island chain. "If you have 70 miles per hour winds verses 75 miles per hour winds, it's still a strong storm, so residents still need to be prepared".

Meanwhile, Hurricane Lester - about 830 miles east of the Hawaiian town of Hilo and generating maximum sustained winds of 110 mph - is moving west toward the Hawaiian islands.

Hurricane Lester continues to weaken, but is still packing 105 miles per hour winds as a powerful Category 2 storm.

A high surf warning is in effect for east-facing shores of East Maui (peaking in the 12- to 18-foot range late Wednesday), and a high surf advisory is in effect for east-facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and West Maui (building to 5 to 9 feet overnight).

On its current path, the system would dump as much as 10 inches (25cm) of rain on coastal areas of Georgia, which was under a tropical storm watch, and the Carolinas.

Forecasters said wind shear is starting to tear the storm apart, but it is still expected to be at hurricane strength when it passes over or near South Point tonight. Captain Mike Long said he expected to close Hilo Harbor to all traffic by 8 p.m. Tuesday. And on the East Coast, a tropical storm warning was issued for an area extending from Marineland, Florida, northward to the South Santee River in SC.

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