Weak sub-tropical storm heads north

  • Weak sub-tropical storm heads north

Weak sub-tropical storm heads north

A tropical storm watch was in effect for the Big Island as Hector was expected to pass Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moved westward. The National Hurricane Center said it was likely to peak as a Category 3 hurricane before starting to weaken and turn out to sea as it passes west of the Baja California Peninsula late in the week.

Debby had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Hurricane Hector is tracking for a close call with Hawaii's Big Island, parts of which are still coping with destruction from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

But only a small deviation to the north of the forecast track could also bring tropical storm force winds to the Big Island.

A high surf warning has been issued for east-facing shores of Hawaii Island for 12-13 foot waves. It was centered about 850 miles (1,365 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and was moving west at 16 mph (26 kph). The hurricane center said in its 5 p.m. update the "far northern fringes of the hurricane will brush the Big Island on Wednesday". It will not affect any land areas.

An American-based meteorology group has said cool water in the Atlantic could lead to fewer tropical storms this year. Depending on its ultimate track, the storm could bring thunderstorms, gusty winds and increased surf to parts of the island and could also cause unsafe rip currents off the east- and south-facing beaches.

“The probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean is below normal due to the forecast for a below-average season.”. Debby is the fourth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.