The weather has been weird, sometimes frustrating, and occasionally outright frightening. Hawaii is looking at a little of the latter in what scientists are calling a meteorological first. Two Category 3 hurricanes are barreling toward Hawaii right now. Both threaten to bring torrential rains and massive winds starting Thursday.
The first of the two, Hurricane Madeline, could also be the first hurricane to hit the Big Island since bookkeeping began in 1949. It's moving west at 10 miles per hour with wind speeds of 120 miles per hour. It currently looks like it will skirt just south of the Big Island sometime Thursday, with its course largely sparing the other islands.
Meteorologists say it's too early to say definitively where it's going to go, but the National Hurricane Center says that it will pass "dangerously close" to Hawai'i. It could bring 40-50 mile per hour winds and heavy rainfall. Weather.com points out that rainfall this heavy on the Big Island is frequently accompanied by landslides and mudslides.