Hurricane Ignacio gains strength but expected to bypass Hawaii

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

NASA data shows Hurricane Ignacio’s very cold cloud tops indicate quick strengthening.

A false-colored infrared picture of Hurricane Ignacio was made at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California, utilizing knowledge from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite tv for pc The AIRS knowledge from August 27 at 11:23 UTC (7:23 a.m.LIHUE — The hurricane season is only about halfway over but it has already had so many named storms that it is on track to tie the number generated in 1992 – the year of Iniki. EDT) confirmed that cloud prime temperatures had cooled inside Ignacio indicating that the uplift of air inside the storm was stronger than it was on August 26.

Following on the heels of Kilo — the chaotic cyclone system that could not decide if it was a tropical depression or tropical storm — is Hurricane Ignacio making its way toward the Hawaiian Islands, and Hurricane Jimena is behind that. Meteorologist John Bravender, of the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, said that the outlook for Kauai is positive, even though Ignacio is currently a strong Category 1 hurricane that is expected to intensify over the next 36-48 hours. But he said there is still reason for concern because Kauai is within the forecasted cone of uncertainty and the system could move inland. “With the hurricane approaching the area, people should definitely pay attention,” Bravender said. “It’s definitely a threat to take serious.” Ignacio is more than 1,000 miles east-southeast of Lihue, so there is still a lot of room for error in the path prediction. The NHC famous that additional strengthening appears possible with Ignacio over the subsequent couple of days because the storm strikes by means of an space with light-to-moderate easterly shear, heat water and a moist environment.

Ignacio’s power is predicted to peak on August 29 when the utmost sustained winds are forecast to be close to 110 knots (115 mph) earlier than weakening commences. But just because a direct hit from a hurricane is unlikely, the CPHC said residents and visitors should still be prepared: passing storms can still cause dangerous conditions such as flash flooding due to heavy rain, as was seen with Kilo.

The proclamation also allows easier access to emergency resources at the state and federal level, along with the ability to suspend certain laws as needed for emergency purposes. “We understand the public is fatigued from experiencing four major approaching storms so far this season, but we urge people to take the weekend to prepare their homes and families for impacts which could be felt statewide,” said Doug Mayne, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency in a press release. However, Jimena is still more than 2,400 miles away in the east Pacific near to Mexico and will not cross into the Central Pacific for several more days, Bravender said.

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