The National Hurricane Center said a strong Category III hurricane, measuring 120 miles per hour, passing through the Pacific Ocean, is expected to hit parts of the Hawaiian archipelago over the weekend.
“Douglas” may be the first hurricane to hit the United States amid the Corona virus pandemic, complicating security plans for state officials.
The National Hurricane Center reported that “Douglas” has increased its strength and is expected to deliver heavy rains along with heavy waves and dangerous winds to the Hawaiian Islands on Saturday night or Sunday morning.
The center indicated that the storm could cause up to 15 inches of rain to parts of Hawaii, which could lead to landslides and floods.
Provinces throughout Hawaii were preparing emergency shelters for people forced from their homes, but Honolulu’s mayor, Kirk Caldwell, stated that the Corona Virus pandemic had severely complicated this process, as the requirements for social exclusion meant that every protected person would need much more space.
This means that more shelters and more volunteers are needed, he added