The first “warning” of what could become dozens has been issued ahead of two hurricanes east of the Aloha State. The Big Island of Hawai’i is now under a Tropical Storm Warning – meaning that tropical storm conditions are imminent. The warning takes effect tomorrow morning and remains through Friday. Maui and the entire state are under a Tropical Storm Watch – meaning damaging winds of 39-73 mph are possible.
Iselle is still a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds greater than 74 miles per hour. As of 7 a.m. today, the eye of Hurricane Iselle was located 690 miles ESE of Hilo and about 800 miles ESE of Kahului. As she moves closer to land, water temperatures and wind shear will affect the storm – if only a little. Here are more links to Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio – also on track to affect these islands:
- Central Pacific Hurricane Center offers updates on the location, direction and strength of storms in our area.
- Wind Profile of Storms – via Google Earth. At least four major cyclones are active in the Pacific
- Satellite image and forecast track of Hurricane Iselle.
- Pacific Disaster Center Storm Report by Glenn James.