Hurricane warning issued for Hawaii’s Big Island

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Hawaii’s Big Island is under a hurricane warning as category 3 Madeline approaches.

The National Weather Service warned Tuesday that hurricane conditions are expected on the Big Island within the next 36 hours. Forecasters are urging residents and visitors to rush through preparations to protect their lives and property.

Big Island resident Mitzi Bettencourt says she has boarded up windows in her brother’s oceanfront home. She says she and her neighbors are hoping their roofs stay intact and their houses don’t float away.

Neighbors are stocking up on food and water to prepare for power outages.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Oahu this week. The White House is tracking the weather developments closely, but it doesn’t anticipate changing Obama’s schedule.

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