Hurricane watch issued as storm nears Hawaii's Big Island

Some camping areas are closing, but guests staying at Kilauea Military Camp and Volcano House may shelter in place. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Indian Pass to the Walton/Bay County line. The National Hurricane Center in Miami expected the unnamed depression to strengthen into a tropical storm on Tuesday.

Bettencourt, who lives in a subdivision called Kapoho Vacationland, manages several vacation rental properties and has her own home to worry about, which sits a few blocks from the ocean.

Obama is scheduled to address the gathering on its opening day. The White House is tracking the weather developments closely, but it doesn't anticipate changing Obama's schedule.

A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible on Hawaii Island in the next 48 hours.

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Hawai'i Island as Madeline is upgraded to a category 4 hurricane. Forecasters say the entire island as at risk of flooding. Nevertheless, this storm could also bring torrential rainfall and powerful surf to towns and cities that haven't had a moment to catch their breath. When it nears the Big Island, it is still predicted to be at hurricane intensity, with maximum sustained winds of 85-90 miles per hour.

Madeline was a Category 3 hurricane at midday Monday and may strengthen over the next 12 to 24 hours.

At 5 p.m. Monday Lester, a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140 mph, was 1,525 miles east of Hilo and traveling west at 15 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The coast of North Carolina - from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet and Pamlico Sound - is under a tropical storm warning as Tropical Depression Eight approaches. Hawaii as a whole has seen only two hurricane landfalls during that entire period - Dot (1959) and Iniki (1992).

NASA's Aqua satellite provided temperature data on Tropical Depression 13E on August 28 and strongest storms appear in purple, indicating coldest cloud tops.

In the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico we have Gaston - in the middle of the Atlantic and no threat to land.

The category one hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 85 miles (140 kilometers) per hour, and was moving toward the northwest at about 10 miles per hour.

As Hurricane Madeline nears the Hawaiian islands, the U.S. Coast Guard will close the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on Tuesday night, and Young Brothers will also cancel various sailings. But it added that some weakening is forecast through late Wednesday.

Authorities from the County of Hawaii, of which the Big Island is a part, advised residents to restock their emergency kits with first aid supplies, medication, cash, and batteries. The center of Hurricane Lester was located near18.2 degrees north latitude and 133.2 degrees west longitude.

The Hurricane Center is advising the Big Island to prepare for tropical-storm-force winds and the possibility of hurricane conditions.

Beachgoers, boat captains and business owners on North Carolina's Outer Banks warily eyed a potent tropical weather system Monday that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer.



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