By Jeff King
The scene looks familiar – but forecasters say it likely won’t repeat the experience we all had while Hurricanes Iselle and Julio swung by earlier this month. There are three large tropical systems in the eastern Pacific. Two of them are hurricanes. There is also a deep low pressure system about 700 miles southeast of Hilo but the Central Pacific Hurricane Center only gives that about a 10 percent chance of forming into a tropical storm.
Karina has regained sufficient strength to become a Category One hurricane with sustained winds of more than 75 miles per hour. She continues on a very unusual track northeastward in an area where the vast majority of weather systems move from east to west. Tropical Storm Lowell is much larger in size but is weakening. The National Hurricane Center expects Lowell to become sub-tropical by tomorrow. Hurricane Marie is intensifying. With current sustained winds of 80 mph, the storm is expected to parallel the coast of Mexico before dissipating over open ocean.
Maui weather guru Glenn James says the chance of any significant storms heading our way is very slight through next week.