Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic


An updated forecast projects the center of the storm to move on a slightly more southerly course than previous tracks, and forecasters say the center of Hector is expected to pass less than 200 miles south of Hawaii Island on Wednesday. As of 11 a.m., the storm had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour with a northerly movement at 16 miles per hour.

But only a small deviation to the north of the forecast track could also bring tropical storm force winds to the Big Island.

Swells from Hector will produce surf heights from 12 to 15 feet on east-facing shores mainly for the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Thank you for signing up for the Brightside Blend Newsletter. "There is a reasonable chance that Hector will survive to cross the International Date Line early next week", said AccuWeather meteorologist Steve Travis. Mexican officials discontinued a hurricane watch from Punta San Telmo in Michoacan state to Playa Perula in Jalisco state, though Ileana still could cause heavy surf and rains in that area.

Hurricane Hector, with 130 mph winds, is about 540 miles east-southeast of Hilo.

The tropical Atlantic remains cooler than normal and there is a relatively high potential that a weak El Niño develops in the next several months. None of these storms was a threat to Florida.

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Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Debby strengthened slightly over the North Atlantic, but it was expected to be short-lived.

“The probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean is below normal due to the forecast for a below-average season.”.

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