It’s a “parade” nobody wants to see – but we may have no choice. Right after Hilda, Loke and Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio is on track right toward us. And right behind him is Hurricane Jimena.
Ignacio crossed into the Central Pacific region overnight and Jimena is building steam even faster – and is less than 600 miles behind Ignacio. Hawaii Weather Today’s expert analyst, Glenn James, says:
“Hurricane 12E (Ignacio) continues to spin in our direction, and will approach our area Monday…first on the Big Island. This system is one we’ll definitely need to continue watching very closely, even though it’s closest approach is a couple of days away. As it looks from here, we could turn very wet again by early next week…with some possible heavy weather conditions coming our way. It’s too early to know the exact details, in terms of winds and rain, although these should be coming into focus Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a satellite image, and the CPHC graphical track map, and what the computer models are showing…for what looks like may turn out to be a dangerous hurricane Ignacio in our area.
“At the moment, and based on the most recent advisory, Hurricane Ignacio remains at category 1 strength. Looking ahead, there will be more intensification, bringing it up to strong category 2 hurricane strength (96 mph sustained winds with gusts to 110 mph) within 24-36 hours. Then, and this is where the better news may come into play, there should start to be a gradual weakening by Monday, back down into a somewhat less dangerous category 1 hurricane. At this point, it looks more and more likely that we could be dealing with a close call, by powerful hurricane Ignacio. As we get into the weekend, we should have a better idea whether we should be battening down the hatches but good, and what other preparations may be needed…stay tuned please.
“Meanwhile, Hurricane 13E (Jimena) remains active in the eastern Pacific. Yes, it’s as if there was a parade of tropical cyclones moving west this season! Jimena remains a category 1 hurricane at the moment. Thereafter, it’s expected to become a full-fledged Major Category 4 hurricane (130-156 mph winds) while still in the eastern Pacific. It’s a sure thing now, that this hurricane will come into our central Pacific, and as it stands at the moment, as a category 2 system (96-110 mph)…by next Tuesday night. Here’s a satellite image, and the NHC graphical track map, and what the computer models are showing. We aren’t worrying yet [why?] because we still have Hurricane Ignacio…to deal with first!”
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