Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Weak sub-tropical storm heads north

Weak sub-tropical storm heads north

Wind: Tropical-storm-force winds (39 to 73 mph) are possible across the Big Island late Tuesday and Wednesday. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, unsafe surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the early morning advisory, the hurricane center noted that Debby lost its subtropical characteristics and became a tropical storm.

On the other side of the Pacific, Typhoon Shanshan is approaching Japan with maximum winds around 100 miles per hour.

Far out to sea, a strengthening Hurricane Hector was in the central Pacific as a strong Category 4 storm, with winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph), the Center Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu reported.

Another tropical storm farther out in the Pacific and one in the northern Atlantic posed no threats to land.

The center of Hector will pass about 200 miles south of the Big Island on Wednesday, according to the latest forecast from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) Forecaster Blake noted on August 6 at 5 a.m. EDT that "The convective pattern of John has become significantly better organized during the past several hours, with a large central dense overcast forming and cloud top temperatures to minus 85 degrees Celsius".

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Big Island interior, summits, north, east and south, including Kohala and Kona.

High Surf Warning up to 15 feet for east and southeast facing shores until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Is there a State of Emergency on the Island of Hawaii?

Residents along the affected shores should be alert for high and unsafe surf conditions. She says there could also be a few inches of rain into Thursday as Hector passes the island.

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