Hurricane Hilda has moved into the Central Pacific region of responsibility as she veers closer to the state of Hawai’i.
At 11 a.m., HST, Hilda was a powerful Category Three hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph (down from 115 mph three hours perviously). She is moving west northwest at 10 mph from her current position of 600 miles east southeast of Hilo – or about 700 miles east southeast of Kahului. Although the math puts Hilda here by Wednesday afternoon – the forecast “cone” indicates significant slowing and perhaps some “rambling” direction changes that actually bring any effects here on Thursday.
Maui County has issued a Tropical Cyclone Advisory on Hilda – covering the following facts:
SURF: Swells associated with Hilda will produce large surf along east and southeast facing shores of the main Hawaiian Islands over the next couple of days. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for surf of 6 to 10 feet along east facing shores, starting early this evening and continuing through 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.
KEEP IN MIND: It is important not to focus too closely on the exact forecast track of Hilda. It is still too soon to determine with any certainty which islands would be most likely to experience the greatest impacts from the storm. It is also important to note that significant impacts from tropical cyclones can extend well away from the center of the storm.
STAY INFORMED: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation and notify the public.
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