Hurricane Ignacio strengthens but forecast to just miss Hawaii

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hawaii Gets Tropical Storm Watch as Hurricane Ignacio Nears.

HONOLULU – The Big Island of Hawaii is bracing for high winds, heavy rain and ocean swells of up to 20 feet as strengthening Hurricane Ignacio approaches the state.

Ignacio was 585 miles (940 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, with top winds of 140 miles per hour, making it a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the center said in an advisory at 11 a.m. Forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said conditions are right for it to continue strengthening Saturday, but upper-level winds will weaken the storm in the following days. It is expected to pass north of Hawaii in the coming week, but forecasters warn that there is still uncertainty about the storm’s path. “If Ignacio shifts to the right, we could see light winds, more humid conditions, and localized heavy rain. Everyone should continue to monitor the progress of Ignacio during the next several days,” the National Weather Service told The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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