Hurricane Douglas: Closest Hurricane to O‘ahu in the past 61 Years
Hurricane Douglas entered Hawai‘i with stormy wind and abrupt rain but the path of the storm spared the Hawaiian island chains by just a few dozen miles.
According to Weather.com, Douglas first became a tropical depression on July 20 over 900 miles southwest of Los Cabos, Mexico. Two days later, Douglas became the first hurricane of the 2020 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season. It became “one of the latest-forming first hurricanes in that basin in the satellite era - since the late 1960s - as noted by UNC-Charlotte graduate student Eric Webb.”
It peaked at Category 4 intensity on July 23, later fell under a category 1 hurricane.
But unlike a number of other Eastern Pacific hurricanes, Douglas didn't lose its intensity that quickly as it tracked toward Hawaii with 90 mph, resulting in hurricane warnings for Maui, O‘ahu and Kauai.
The southern eyewall of Douglas tracked just north of Maui, Oahu and Kauai, spared Hawaii island (Big Island). In the case of O‘ahu, the hurricane's center passed 30 miles away from the northern tip on July 26, 2020.
Douglas' wind brought down trees, formulated high surf, bands of locally flooding rain and washed off debris, mostly in the northeastern part of O‘ahu. Overall, the impacts were fairly less devasted, compared to other recent hurricanes hits, including the record-setting rain event from Lane in 2018.