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Hurricane Dora passes well south of Hawaii

CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER
                                The 5-day forecast for Hurricane Dora as of 5 p.m. today.
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CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER

The 5-day forecast for Hurricane Dora as of 5 p.m. today.

UPDATE: 4:52 p.m.

Dora remains a Category 4 hurricane as it passes farther south of Hawaii.

Just before 5 p.m., Dora was located about 700 miles south-southwest of Honolulu or about 730 miles east-southeast of Johnston Island.

Dora was moving west at 23 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph with higher gusts.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters said Dora is still forecast to weaken over the next few days.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 30 miles from Dora’s center and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 115 miles.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Meanwhile, the following warnings and advisories are still in effect:

>> High wind warning in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for mountain terrain and downslope into leeward sections of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and Hawaii island. Expect winds of 30 to 35 mph with localized gusts of around 60 mph.

>> High surf warning in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for the east-facing shores of Hawaii island, Maui and Molokai. Expect dangerously large breaking waves of 10 to 15 feet.

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for the east-facing shores of Oahu and Kauai.

“High surf along east-facing shores due to a combination of very strong winds, large seas and an east-southeast swell generated from Dora should diminish tonight,” National Weather Service forecasters said.

>> Gale warning in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Maalaea Bay, Pailolo Channel, Alenuihaha Channel, Big Island leeward and southeast waters.

>> Red flag warning for leeward portions of all Hawaiian Islands until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

>> Small craft advisory until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Kauai northwest, windward and leeward waters; Kauai Channel; Oahu windward and leeward waters; Kaiwi Channel; Maui County windward and leeward waters; and Big Island windward waters.

11 a.m.

Category 4 Hurricane Dora has maintained its intensity as it passes well south of Hawaii.

As of 11 a.m., Dora was located about 675 miles south of Honolulu and about 845 miles east-southeast of Johnston Island.

Dora was moving west at 22 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph with higher gusts. Dora is expected to continue in this direction over the next few days with a gradual turn toward the west-northwest.

“On the forecast track, Dora will pass well south of Johnston Island Wednesday night, and into the western Pacific basin on Friday,” Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 30 miles from Dora’s center and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 115 miles.

A high surf warning is in effect until 6 p.m. today for the east shores of Hawaii island, Maui and Molokai. A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. today for the east-facing shores of Oahu and Kauai.

“Swells generated by Dora are expected to begin impacting Johnston Island late Wednesday, likely producing large and life-threatening surf through Thursday,” Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters said.

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Dora remained a Category 4 hurricane this morning as it maintained its westward path to far south of the Hawaiian Islands.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center forecasters said Dora poses no direct threat to the islands. However, the National Weather Service has issued a slew of weather warnings and advisories affecting Hawaii.

As of 5 a.m., Dora was located about 685 miles south of Honolulu, 570 miles south of Hilo and about 970 miles east-southeast of Johnston Atoll. Dora was moving west at 22 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph with higher gusts.

Dora is still forecasted to gradually weaken over the next several days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from Dora’s center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The following weather warnings and advisories are in effect:

>> High wind warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday across mountainous areas and downslope into the leeward sections of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and the Big Island with east winds of 30 to 45 mph with localized gusts to 60 mph. The summits of Haleakala, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa will see winds of 35 to 55 mph with localized gusts over 65 mph.

>> High surf warning until 6 p.m. today for the east shores of Hawaii island, Maui and Molokai with surf up to 10 to 15 feet.

>> Red flag warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday for the leeward portions of all Hawaiian Islands.

>> Gale warning until 6 a.m. Wednesday for Maalaea Bay, Pailolo Channel, Alenuihaha Channel, Big Island leeward and southeast waters.

>> High surf advisory until 6 p.m. today for the east shores of Oahu and Kauai with surf up to 8 to 12 feet.

>> Wind advisory until 6 a.m. Wednesday for Niihau and windward coastal portions of Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island with northeast winds of 20 ro 35 mph.

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