Norman continues course northeast of isles

The Maui News – Hurricane Norman’s forecasted track as of 5 p.m. Wednesday continued taking it northeast of the Hawaiian Islands, according to the National Weather Service.

Located 385 miles east of Hilo and 570 miles east of Honolulu, the Category 3 hurricane was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, and it was moving west-northwest at 9 mph. It was expected to pass northeast of Maui County at 2 a.m. Friday.

A high-surf warning remained in effect until 6 a.m. Friday for east-facing shores of the Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai. Surf was forecast to increase to 12 to 18 feet Wednesday night and today.

Beachgoers can expect strong breaking waves and currents. Large waves may make navigating harbor channels dangerous.

Today’s forecast is for mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers during the day in windward areas and numerous showers at night. Leeward regions should have partly cloudy skies and isolated showers. High temperatures were expected to range from 85 to 90 degrees, with overnight lows of 73 to 78. Trade winds were forecast to blow 15 to 20 mph.

Similar weather was forecast through the weekend.

Maui County rain gauges recorded little to no rainfall in the 24-hour period ending at 5 p.m. Wednesday.