Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

Pacific hurricane absorbs trop storm; new storm in Atlantic

The current forecast for Debby retains subtropical storm status through Wednesday (8/8) morning before weakening to a depression by Wednesday evening.

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

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. It is moving northeast at 12 mph with its tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

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".

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Big Island officials are taking precautions in advance of the storm nearing the state. "We want to remind the public we are in the middle of the hurricane season and we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts that could be felt statewide", Tom Travis, Hawaii's Administrator of Emergency Management, said in a news release. Swells generated by Hector are expected to reach southeast and east facing shores of the Big Island and eastern Maui late today, likely becoming large and unsafe by late tonight and Wednesday.

Residents along the affected shores should be alert for high and risky surf conditions. Both are in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday. Combined with high tides, this could lead to some overwash of low-lying coastal areas and perhaps some beach erosion.

"The storm is moving toward the north near 16 mph [26 km/h], and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 24 hours". Some local flash flooding is possible in a few spots, particularly along east-, south- or southeastward-facing slopes of the Big Island.

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