While the Atlantic Ocean has been more “peaceful” than the Pacific this hurricane season, two new storms are forming which could impact our weather in Hawaii.
The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning that Tropical Storm Karina, 400 miles south of Baja California, should grow into a hurricane by Friday as it heads west. The storm’s five-day track has it remaining at hurricane strength early next week as it heads closer to the Central Pacific. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph as of this morning.
The activity follows Tropical Storm Iselle’s direct hit of on Hawaii Island late last week and Hurricane Julio’s pass north of the islands earlier this week. Julio has diminished in strength and is now a tropical storm – expected to dissipate in the next few days, about 625 miles north of Honolulu, heading northwest at 8 mph, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
The National Hurricane Center also issued an advisory Wednesday on an area of low pressure located about 1100 miles east-southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii continues to produce showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development of this system during the next two days as it moves slowly north or northwest. Formation chance through 48 hours, high, 60 percent.