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Fernanda strengthens to a category 4 storm


Hawaii News Digest, 14 July 2017, 20:35 hrs, UTC, Post #15321.

Source:

http://staradvertiser.com/2017/07/13/breaking-news/fernanda-becomes-a-hurricane-continues-march-toward-central-pacific/

Accessed on 14 July 2017, 20:35 hrs, UTC.  Updated on 14 July 2017, 7:17 a.m. (HST)/17:17 hrs (UTC).

As of 5:00 a.m. (HST) Friday, 14 July 2017, Hurricane Fernanda was approximately 2,355 miles/3815.1 km east of Hilo, Hawaii.  The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 115 mph/186.3 km/hr and is moving west at 12 mph/19.44 km/hr.

According to Derek Wroe, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Honolulu, Fernanda may weaken a bit as it enters the cooler waters of the central pacific:

“The forecast calls for Fernanda to continue moving west toward the Central Pacific.”

“But it should weaken early next week as it takes a northwesterly turn over cooler waters. On Tuesday, Fernanda is expected to be a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and a few hundred miles west of the Central Pacific.”

“It is still too far from Hawaii to know whether it will have a direct impact on the state’s weather later in the month.”

Still, Derek Wroe, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said Wednesday, “We urge everyone to prepare for the hurricane. There is ample time for people to review a plan. If you don’t have a plan, we urge people to have that done.”

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Tropical Storm Ulika could bring heavy rain | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


“Be prepared for a possibly wet weekend.”

Source: Tropical Storm Ulika could bring heavy rain | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/tropical-storm-ulika-could-bring-heavy-rain).

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Comment:

National Weather Service forecaster Matt Foster tells reporter John Burnett that Hawaii Island residents should prepare for a wet weekend, as Tropical Storm Ulika approaches the island.

Foster says “There will probably be some increase in showers, but here is some (computer) model discrepancy as to how widespread it’s going to be.”

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, 29 September 2016, Ulika remained a tropical storm with its center around 930 miles southeast of Hilo.  Ulika has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving northwest at 10 mph.

The National Weather Service says Ulika will weaken and “become a remnant low-pressure system as early as today.”  The storm could also bring high wind gusts and higher surf.


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Ulika weakens to a tropical storm | Hawaii 24/7


Ulika’s is well east southeast of Hawaii and is forecast to weaken to a remnant low system by the time it closes in on Hawaii.

Source: Ulika weakens to a tropical storm | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/20`6/09/28/ulika-weakens-to-tropical-storm/).

Accessed on 29 September 2016, 03:00 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Ulika to a tropical storm. As of 5 a.m., Wednesday, 28 September 2016, Ulika is about 1,140 miles (1,835 km) east-southeast of Hilo, moving north and then north-northwest at 7 mph (11 km/h). Maximum sustained winds are 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts.  Ulika should weaken more as it encounters vertical shear over the next two days.

Ulika doesn’t present an immediate threat to Hawaii.


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Ulika rapidly intensifies to a hurricane | Hawaii 24/7


Ulika is a tiny hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km).

Source: Ulika rapidly intensifies to a hurricane | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/09/27/tropical-storm-ulika-forms-in-central-pacific/).

Accessed on 28 September 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

As of 11 p.m. HST, 27 September 2016, Hurricane Ulika was about 1,135 miles (1,830 km) east-southeast of Hilo, moving north-northwest at 7 mph (11 km/hr). Ulika has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/hr) with higher gusts. Ulika is expected to weaken overnight and become a tropical storm again by Thursday, 29 September 2016. At this time, there are no hazards for Hawaii.


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More thunderstorms expected for Hawaii Island | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A flash flood watch will remain in effect through Friday afternoon as thunderstorms continue to hang over Hawaii Island.

Source: More thunderstorms expected for Hawaii Island | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/more-thunderstorms-expected-hawaii-island).

Accessed on 16 September 2016, 03:58 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Although Hawaii and Maui Counties got thoroughly drenched Wednesday evening (14 September 2016), more showers are on the way.  National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ballard said “Conditions remain favorable for thunderstorms for the next day or two.”  Some parts of Maui County received 15 inches of rain, washing away roads and causing flooding in urban areas.  On Hawaii Island, rainfall gauges at Glenwood recorded 4.07 inches of rain, while Laupahoehoe got 3.09 inches of rain, and Piihonua in Hilo collected 2.96 inches of rain.  A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Friday afternoon.


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August awash; Storms brought record rainfall to parts of island | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Hilo had its wettest August in a quarter-century, according to a report released Thursday by the National Weather Service.

Source: August awash; Storms brought record rainfall to parts of island | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/august-awash-storms-brought-record-rainfall-parts-island).

Accessed on 09 September 2016, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Comment:

According to the National Weather Service, Hilo had the wettest August on record as the rain gauge at the Hilo International Airport collected 24.68 inches of rain last month, “2 1/2 times the August average and the highest total since 1991.”

Kevin Kodama, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service, said the August rainfall “pretty much wiped out most of the rainfall deficits that occurred earlier in the year.”

Kodama added that drier parts of Hawaii Island, such as Pahala, benefited from the moisture brought by Tropical Storm Darby and Tropical Storm Madeline.

Kodama said the long-range outlook suggests “higher-than-normal rainfall totals for the remainder of the year.”


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Despite recent close calls, Hawaii residents should still prepare for hurricane eventuality | KHON2


Forecasters say it’s only a matter of time before Hawaii is going to be directly hit by another big storm.

Source: Despite recent close calls, Hawaii residents should still prepare for hurricane eventuality | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/09/04/despite-recent-close-calls-hawaii-residents-should-still-prepare-for-hurricane-eventuality/).

Accessed on 05 September 2016, 16:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Elyssa Arevalo.

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Comment:

Although Hurricanes Madeline and Lester left the state without causing much damage, it’s not time to let our guard down.  Three months remain in the 2016 Pacific Hurricane Season, so  there’s plenty of time for another large storm to threaten Hawaii.

National Weather Service forecaster Chris Brenchley says evolving conditions in the Eastern Pacific support the birth of larger, more powerful storms. Brenchley says it’s only a matter of time before one of these storms impacts the state directly, saying “our luck will eventually run out.”

The American Red Cross recommends that you have an emergency evacuation kit handy, just in case you and your family have to relocate.


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