(NEW YORK) — Hawaii is under a hurricane warning as twin hurricanes continue to head toward the islands Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and high waves and causing residents to stock up on supplies.
Hurricane Madeline is weakening but still has winds of 90 miles per hour as it moves toward the Big Island. Hurricane conditions are expected on the island later Wednesday and into Thursday morning. More than 15 inches of rain and waves of up to 25 feet are possible on the Big Island, according to forecasts.
Hawaii Island public schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday because of Madeline, according to the state’s Department of Education.
Hurricane Lester is not far behind Madeline and is expected to approach the islands on Friday night, but it will not come as close to land as Madeline, according to forecasts. Lester is expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds and bigger surf.
Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Tropical Depression 9 has strengthened to become Tropical Storm Hermine, with a hurricane watch in effect for parts of Florida from just east of Apalachicola to north of Tampa. Hermine is 415 miles west-southwest of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, and is moving north at about 2 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to move faster later Wednesday and take a turn toward the northeast.
A hurricane watch is in effect for the Anclote River to Indian Pass in Florida, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Anclote River to Florida’s Walton-Bay county line, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tornadoes are possible late Wednesday night through Thursday morning across central Florida, the National Hurricane Center said. A storm surge can cause normally dry areas to be flooded by rising waters over the next two days along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Tropical Depression 8 is moving slowly northeastward away from the North Carolina coast at about 5 miles per hour. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, but there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Strengthening is still possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later Wednesday, but it is expected to continue moving northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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