Subtropical Storm Debby was officially named by the National Hurricane Center Tuesday morning. The storm is southeast of Newfoundland and moving north at 16 miles per hour. A tropical storm watch was in effect for the Big Island as Hector was expected to pass Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moved westward. However, tropical-storm-force winds and pounding, unsafe surf are possible late Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hurricane Hector, a major storm in the Central Pacific, has weakened slightly as it continues churning closer to the islands. A subtropical storm is a hybrid of a tropical and non-tropical system. It was centered about 1,290 miles (2,080 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja. It was moving west at 9 miles per hour.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 km/h with higher gusts and little change in strength is forecast today, with slow weakening expected to begin late tonight or on Thursday.
Tropical storm force winds are possible across Hawaii County late Tuesday night or Wednesday
It had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and was heading west-northwest at 13 miles per hour (20 kph).
The eye of the storm, which had wind speeds as high as 217 km/h at its centre on Wednesday afternoon, is forecast to pass 300 kilometres to the south of the Big Island tomorrow.
"Very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island", AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said. Strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ileana is forecast to become a hurricane by Tuesday morning, August 7.
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