By Jeff King, Maui TV News
In most other years, the images would stir up stories of flooding and rapid decompression – the kind that, unfortunately, came true for thousands on the east side of the Big Island when Tropical Storm Iselle was accompanied to the state’s doorstep by Hurricane Julio. The difference this year is that those fears have a very real possibility of being realized.
As unusually quiet as the Atlantic hurricane has been, the eastern and central Pacific hurricane seasons have made headlines with just about every storm so far. The only exception was cyclone Hernan…a brief wind bag that spiraled quietly off the headlines and into the archives of the National Weather Service. After the solemn exercise of preparing for the real possibilities of Iselle and Julio, there are now more systems in queue.
Tropical Storm Karina this afternoon is about 1,500 miles east of Hilo, packing winds at the center of around 45 mph. At 1:30 p.m. today, the National Hurricane Center predicted a period of strengthening for Karina – until the storm just behind her begins to slow her momentum by relentlessly consuming the same weather conditions that have fed Karina. That system, Tropical Depression 12-E, is about 650 miles south of Baja California. If the storm achieves the proper wind speed, it will be named Lowell.
Meanwhile, there are two disturbances meteorologists at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are watching. One is about 870 ESE of Hilo. The other about 800 miles south of Honolulu. As of this afternoon, each system’s probability of developing into tropical cyclones is very low – close to zero percent.
We at Maui TV News will continue to follow the progress of these storms and bring you any and all links and updates of their potential impact on Maui and all of Hawai’i.