By Jeff King
Forecasters have released the latest satellite photo of Hurricane Iselle. To say the least, it shows nature at one of her mightiest – and most awesome – moments. Iselle has now moved across 140 degrees of longitude, making the storm the “responsibility” of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
The storm is also taking a slight turn southward – so the brunt of the cyclone may spare the Big Island and Maui -as well as the rest of the state. Keep in mind, though, that the upper-left quadrant of the hurricane is the storm’s most powerful section. The forward momentum of a hurricane in the northern hemisphere features the strongest winds in that quadrant.
We will continue to gather and deliver as many images, animations and news tips as we can on Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio as they trek toward us. As of this hour, Iselle is expected to be near her peak around sunrise Friday on Maui. The outer bands will arrive up to 24 hours before that. As of this hour, Tropical Storm Julio is about two days behind Iselle – but it expected to achieve hurricane strength when the system moves into the Central Pacific.