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Hope all is well. Happy Aloha Monday!
This is just an FYI regarding Hurricane Hilda. We will keep you informed as we receive more updates. At this time, weather forecasters say it’s too early to tell what the effects of this weather system will be on the different islands, but we just wanted to give you a heads-up.
Hilda inching toward Hawaii island; Tropical Storm Watch possible tonight
By Ben Gutierrez
HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) –
Hurricane Hilda is slowly weakening as it continues on a track toward the Hawaiian islands. The forecast path may prompt forecasters to issue a Tropical Storm Watch for the Big Island of Hawaii as soon as tonight.
According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Hilda weakened back into a Category 1 hurricane overnight, with winds reaching 90 miles per hour, with higher gusts. it is forecast to weaken into a tropical storm Tuesday.
Forecasters said at 11 a.m. that Hilda was centered 400 miles southeast of Hilo, or 610 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, and was moving toward the west-northwest at 8 miles per hour. It is expected to turn to the northwest with a decrease in its forward speed, with Hilda forecast to be moving very slowly on Monday and Tuesday.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 25 miles, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from the center.
Hilda is expected to eventually weaken to a tropical depression with winds of about 35 mph as it nears the Big Island of Hawaii on Thursday. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center may issue a Tropical Storm Watch for the Big Island tonight. The watch means tropical storm force winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour are possible within 48 hours.
The latest forecast predicts Hilda will cross over the Big Island Thursday night as a tropical depression. However, the center could still pass either north or south of the island chain, which would make a difference in what effect the storm will have. Also, effects of the storm can still be felt in a broad area away from the center.
More info here as well: http://mauinow.com/2015/08/10/trade-wind-weather-today-hilda-forecast-uncertain/