Hurricane Ignacio Rapidly Weakens, Moves Away From Hawaii

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HONOLULU — Hurricane Ignacio has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane and is weakening as it moves to the northeast of Hawaii..

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Greg Colden, a farmer on Hawaii’s Big Island, said he is most worried about the damage that more rain and sustained winds could do to the area as Hurricane Ignacio passes by this week. “I’m more worried about the rain.

LOS ANGELES: Hurricane Ignacio moved menacingly closer to Hawaii on Sunday but the worst of the powerful storm should spare the American archipelago, according to latest forecasts. With maximum sustained winds of near 215kph the National Weather Service has Ignacio – a category-four hurricane – continuing northward of the islands. After initial fears of a Hawaii landfall, the latest reports put the hurricane 692km from Hawaii and continuing on a northwest course out to sea, although it will still cause strong winds and rain to drench Hawaii. Though a direct hit shouldn’t be anticipated, Ignacio is predicted to deliver gusty winds, heavy rain, harmful surf and rip currents to the islands, as early as Sunday.

He is one of the owners of Kona Natural Soap Co. in Holualoa, upslope of Kona Village on the west side of the island, and has 450 coffee trees and 1,250 cacao trees. Though there are sometimes seven tropical methods within the central Pacific basin annually, the quantity which strategy these tiny islands could be very small. He said he has not canceled any appointments. “We’ve had some passengers call inquiring whether the tours are still on,” he said. “Lately we’ve had these storms going all around us, and we haven’t had much of an effect on this side (of the island). Swells generated by Ignacio along the east and southeast facing shores of the Big Island will increase, creating potentially life-threatening surf conditions, forecasters said. Winds dropped from 130 mph to 115 mph and the hurricane was expected to become a tropical storm by Tuesday, said Anthony Reynes, a meteorologist with the center.

Tuesday. “Mainly the impacts are going to be very high surf and some strong wind gusts over the coastal waters,” said Reynes, speaking a few hours before the watches were discontinued. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said at a news conference on Sunday that city officials are preparing to prevent more sewage spills in case the storm touches Oahu, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. A million gallons of treated but not yet disinfected wastewater spilled from the East Honolulu Wastewater Treatment plant, closing Sandy Beach and its surroundings Thursday.

The Australian Bureau of Meterology says the eastern half of the northern Pacific was now more than one degree warmer than the averages — with patches more than two degrees higher. “In the coming weeks, the NINO3.4 region may exceed the peak anomaly values reached during the 2002 (+1.6 °C) and 2009 (+1.7 °C) El Niño,” a statement reads. The cause of the Ala Moana Beach Park spill was traced to city sewer pumping stations that were offline because of construction, the Star-Advertiser reported.

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