By Jeff King
Hooray for Hilda. The once awesome Category Four maelstrom calmed quickly and is now blowing herself out to sea as – sadly – merely a tropical depression.
Tropical Depression 10E (Hilda) will move by well south of the Hawaiian Islands…as a less dangerous tropical depression now. Tropical depressions have sustained winds that are less than 39 mph. Hilda currently has sustained winds of 35 mph…with gusts to near 46 mph. The forward progress, moving west-southwestward, has picked up to 12 mph. Here’s a satellite image, and what the computer models are showing. It appears that this tropical cyclone will influence our local weather conditions the most…today through Saturday morning.
Per Maui Weather Today Meteorologist Glenn James: “According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center:
“SURF…SWELLS ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL STORM HILDA WILL PRODUCE LARGE SURF ALONG EAST AND SOUTHEAST FACING SHORES OF PORTIONS OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.
“RAINFALL…HILDA MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL ALONG AND NORTH OF ITS PATH. THESE RAINS COULD RESULT IN LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS INTO SATURDAY.
High Surf Advisory…east shores of Maui and the Big Island
Tropical Storm Warning…far southeast offshore waters
Small Craft Wind Advisory…windiest coasts and channels statewide
Flash Flood Watch…for the Big Island – this morning through 6am Saturday